A traditional hot honey drink, sbiten got its name from the sbitenschik (sbiten vendors) who sold the warm beverage on street corners in heavy metal pots during the frigid winters.
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup blackberry jam
2 cinnamon sticks, cracked into pieces
1 tsp ginger
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp whole cloves
6 cups water
1. In a sauce pan, combine the honey, jam, cinnamon sticks, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and water. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently until the jam is completely dissolved.
2. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Strain the mixture through a fine metal sieve. Serve or store in an air-tight container. Then refrigerate and serve warmed.