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cup honey

12 ounces seedless blackberry or currant jam

3 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon whole allspice

1 tablespoon whole cloves

Pinch salt

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.

Serves eight.

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

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