Sbiten is an old Russian drink. Its first recipes were described as early as the 16th century! Before tea appeared in Russia, sbiten made of water, honey and spices had actually been the only hot drink in Russia. Sbiten was often laced with healing herb repertories which produced both warming and anti-inflammatory effect. The drink was brewed in special samovars. Cold sbiten was a no less popular drink for thirst quenching in a bath or in hot weather. Sbiten laced with strong spirits was also somewhat common.


  • Sugar – 150 g
  • cinnamon - 1 stick
  • water - 1 l
  • cloves – 2 buds
  • cardamom – a pinch
  • cracked ginger - 0,5 tsp.
  • honey - 150 g

Preparation method (receipt)

Put honey and sugar in the water and stir thoroughly until completely dissolved. Add all the spices. Start heating and bring to the boil. Cook for 5 minutes, skimming off the foam. Strain and immediately divide between glasses.

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