On cold winter days it is so nice to warm up with a Cup of hot grog or mulled wine. But did you know that in Russia, too, has long been preparing a hot beverage – sbiten. The history of the drink is almost a thousand years! The land of the Soviets tell you how to cook sbiten.

Sbiten was done of honey and water with spices   (pepper, bay leaves, ginger, etc.). It often consisted of medicinal herbs (sage, St. John's wort), so sbiten possessed not only warming, but also anti-inflammatory effect. He was non-alcoholic and alcoholic. In the 20th century the sbiten lost its popularity, but why not try to revive this fine drink?

Sbiten, the traditional

To make honey sbiten according to the traditional recipe, we will need the following ingredients.

  • 6 liters of water
  • 700 g molasses
  • 500 g of honey
  • 5-10 g of a mixture of spices (mint, cinnamon, cloves)

We bring the water to a boil. We add treacle, honey, spices. Boil the drink for about half an hour. We pour out sbiten on cups and drink hot. Patoku can be replaced with the same amount of honey.

Sbiten with wine

When cooking sbiten water can be replaced with wine, then drink need not to cook, and insist. To cook sbiten with wine, we'll take.

  • 1 liter of dry red wine
  • 150 g of honey
  • 5 g of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

Honey is added to the wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove the wine with honey from the fire, add spices and insist for 30-40 minutes. Ready sbiten filter and serve hot.

Sbiten with chamomile and mint

In the period of rampant infections than ever have a drink with medicinal herbs. For its preparation we should take :

  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 0,5 tbsp dried mint
  • 0,5 tbsp. l. chamomile

In this recipe, honey is not required to boil. Fill the chamomile and mint with steep boiling water. We insist for an hour and filter the infusion. Before serving, the herbal infusion is heated to 70-80 ° C, honey is added and immediately fed to the table.

Fragrant sbiten

In this embodiment, brought down a lot more spices than the previous. To cook it, we need :

  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 pieces Bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp cloves

We bring the water to a boil. We dissolve honey and sugar in it and add ginger, cloves and bay leaf. Boil the drink for about 10 minutes. Then the sbiten should stand for a while. Ready to filter the drink, and pre-heated, but do not boil.

Alcoholic sbiten

The drink can be alcoholic, this is achieved by fermentation. But in this case, cooking will take time. To make alcoholic sbiten, we need :

  • 1 liter of water
  • 250 g of light honey
  • 1 tbsp. of raspberry juice
  • 2 tbsp liquid yeast

Honey is bred in hot water, we add raspberry juice, put on fire and boil for one and a half hours. The drink should be stirred and stirred periodically. Cool it to a temperature slightly above room temperature, add the yeast and put it in a warm place for half a day. Then merge fermented wort into a clean container of wood, plug it and put it in a cold place for a month. Ready sbiten bottled. For long-term storage, the bottles must be tightly closed and stored horizontally.

Inebriated Sbiten

There are more quick recipe of sbiten "degree". Ingredients for its preparation are as follows :

  • 1 kg of honey
  • 25 g of yeast
  • 20 g of hops
  • a pinch of cinnamon

Honey is dissolved in boiling water, add cinnamon and hops, put on a small fire and boil. Then drink cool, add yeast, previously diluted in warm water, and put in heat for 8-10 hours. Then put the drink in the refrigerator and stand there for several hours. Sbiten you can drink!