Russian Hot Honey Beverage(Sbiten Recipe)

  • PrepTime: 10 Mins
  • CookTime: 20 Mins
  • TotalTime: 30 Mins


  1. 1/2 cup honey
  2. 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  3. 3 cinnamon sticks (cracked in several pieces)
  4. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  5. 16 ounces blackberry jam
  6. 10 1/4 cups water (or red wine)
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  8. Optional: 1 mint leaf
  9. Optional: 2 dried chili peppers


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine honey, cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, blackberry jam, water or wine, nutmeg, mint leaf, if using, and chili peppers, if using.
  3. Slowly bring the mixture in the saucepan to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until honey and jam completely dissolve. Remove from heat.
  4. Let the sbiten come to room temperature. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth, pressing on the solids, and transfer to an airtight container or bottle—a 750 ml bottle should accommodate this amount of sbiten. Refrigerate and reheat when serving.