Sbiten (Spiced Honey Drink)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

This groglike drink has been popular in Russia for centuries. It is usually prepared without alcohol but it is good with it, too. Just add 1/2 cup of vodka or brandy during the last few minutes of simmering. A Mark Bittman.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients with 1 quart water in a saucepan with a lid over medium heat; bring almost to a boil.
  2. Cover and turn off heat; steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Strain, then reheat and serve, or refrigerate, covered, and serve cold.
Most Helpful

5 5

Wow, susie cooks this recipe is awesome. I so enjoyed this quick and easy to make drink. It was perfection, this sweet and spicy, warming treat had a beautiful thick, velvety texture. I must confess that I made half a batch and drank it all myself over two days. I enjoyed it hot and also chilled with ice. I can't wait to try this with vodka over the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing.

5 5

My this is good! Added vodka and served this chilled over ice as a prelude to a Russian/Eastern European buffet. Got everyone in the mood!!! Thanks, Susie.

5 5

I scaled this down to 1 serving and made just for myself. Very nice and VERY sweet with a lovely spicey flavour. I served over ice with a splash of lemon and it was so refreshing.