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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.


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15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1/2 c
    honey (good quality)
  • 12 oz
    blackberry or currant jam (i used huckleberry jam)
  • 2
    whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1
    bay leaf (fresh if possible!)
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    whole allspice
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    whole cloves
  • 1 tsp
    dried mint
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp
    cardamom (ground or crushed whole seeds)
  • pinch
  • 7 c

How to Make Sbiten


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into a mug or tea cup and serve warm.

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About Sbiten

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: Eastern European

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