½ cup honey
12 ounces seedless blackberry or currant jam
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole allspice
1 tablespoon whole cloves
7 cups water
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, then serve warm.
Cook's note: Sbiten is usually served without alcohol, but certainly is delicious with vodka added just before serving. We also found it delicious with bourbon or cognac.
Nutrition values per serving: 170 calories, 0 fat, 45 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 43 g sugar, 0 protein, 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium.
Alison Ladman for The Associated Press