There are countless variations of this traditional Russian mulled honey drink. Sbiten has a long history dating back at least to the 12th century. '...Served warm, sbiten is similar to mulled cider. It is frequently served from copper samovars and is usually prepared without alcohol, but certainly is delicious with vodka (bourbon or cognac) added just before serving.' From Associated Press and other online sources with a few of my own additions and changes. Note: A variety of jam flavors can be substituted: raspberry, boysenberry, blueberry, loganberry, marionberry, etc.