Spiced Honey Drink


Preparation info

  • 4

    • Difficulty


Appears in

A Taste of Russia

A Taste of Russia

By Darra Goldstein

Published 1983

  • About

Sbiten’ is an ancient Russian drink. I first tasted it in Azov, a sleepy town in the Don River delta. Azov was once a strategically important city, guarding the entrance to Russia’s waterways and the site of a great battle against the Turks in the eighteenth century. Stone ruins still stand overlooking the water, and a charming restaurant, The Fortress Ramparts, has been built on the promontory. The restaurant is decorated in the Old Russian style, with ornately carved window shutters and long wooden benches. In keeping with its decor and the history of the town, The Fortress Ramparts serves old Russian specialties, including this spiced hot drink.