Sbiten - undeservedly forgotten true RussianHoney based beverage. It is as if specially invented for the edges, where the summers are short and winters are harsh frosts from November to March. In old Russia sbiten warmed passers in the cold, without him it would have been unthinkable before the crowded bazaars.
There were even special hawkers brought down -sbitenschiki who went through the streets with vessels for sbitnya, resembles a modern pot-bellied samovar and small round glasses, and poured drink all comers for warmth.
Traditionally sbiten made from honey and spices,sometimes adding a medicinal herb. Often it was possible to taste and alcohol sbiten boiled with hops or alcohol. We will not go too far in history, but rather try to join the Russian national traditions and look at how to prepare their own sbiten.
Ingredients for "Sbiten of honey at home":
1 liter of water;200 grams of sugar;150 grams of honey;3 bay leaves of medium size;1 tsp cardamom;1 tsp cloves;1 tsp cinnamon;1 tsp ground ginger;a small pinch of nutmeg.You can also add:>One-third cup of dried rose hips;2 tablespoons crushed chamomile flowers;2 tablespoons dried mint leaves.</ Li>
Recipe "Sbiten of honey at home":
Preparation of honey brought down:
Sbiten can be prepared by adding honey into thethe beginning or the end of cooking, after the percolation of the beverage. And in fact, and in another case, it turns out very tasty, not at all changing the useful properties. The question of when to add the honey is left to your discretion. We will prepare, once uvarivaya honey. Let's get started.
Water bring to a boil over medium heat. Add honey and sugar. To stir thoroughly. Writing simmer 5 - 10 minutes.
Then add spices, stir and againbring to a boil over low heat. If you are cooking sbiten with the addition of rose hips, chamomile and mint, then add the herbs to be in this moment, together with spices. To herbs given more vitamins should be given Sbitnev simmer for another 15 - 20 minutes on low heat.
Then sbiten must be removed from the heat and a little cool, strain through several layers of cheesecloth, to small grains of spices were not included in sbiten.
By the way, if you want to prepare an alcoholicsbiten, then immediately after you remove from heat sbiten need to add 2 grams of dried hops or 200 ml of alcohol or wine (depending on the desired degree of strength of the drink).
Stir, strain, pour intoglasses and serve this aromatic drink on the table. Sbiten can be served as a hot or cold - this taste and its beneficial properties did not change.
If you decide to cook without sbitenboiling honey, then drink immediately after filtering, you can add honey or in total capacity with sbiten and mix, or add 1 tablespoon directly into a glass for each guest.