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

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.

Baby Kato November 29, 2013

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.

Chef Kate June 16, 2008

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.

evelyn/athens June 09, 2008

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