Sbiten (сбитень)


Sbiten is a Russian mulled honey drink, and it’s very tasty. I can easily see adding some spirit to this if you want to make it hard. I am making it because of the Sochi Olympics.

Adapted from recipes found on WikiHow, Katie at the Kitchen Door, and


  • 6 cups water (or more if you don’t want it as sweet)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup blackberry jam

(preferably seedless jam, but I just got Organic jam from Safeway because there isn’t high fructose syrup in it–you strain it anyways, so the seeds aren’t a big problem)

  • 2-4 cinnamon sticks

(I did four because mine were small stubby things)

  • 2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp cardamon powder
  • pinch salt (1/8 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves (1 tsp dried)
  • 1″ fresh ginger

Bring to a simmer (low boil), simmer for 30 minutes. Chill.

Note: You can also add more water if you want it less-sweet.



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