What is honey sabiton made of and how is it useful?
Honey sbiten is a tasty and healthy drink that was widely distributed several centuries ago. What is sbiten, and how to cook it at home, - further in our material.
Product Description and Composition
In the old days, a drink was prepared in two containers, and then mixed - “knocked down”, from which, probably, its name came from. The main ingredients of slaughter are water, honey (sometimes mixed with molasses or sugar) and spices: ginger, St. John's wort, sage, etc. There are also low-alcohol options: with wine or cognac (up to 4–7% alcohol).
Non-alcoholic sbiten prepared according to the classic recipe has an average of the following composition (per 100 g):
- proteins and fats are practically absent - 0.02 and 0.04 g, respectively;
- carbohydrates - 13.14 g;
- potassium, calcium, phosphorus, sodium and magnesium (in honey);
- B and C vitamins.
The presence of honey and herbs gives sbitnu not only a pleasant taste, but also various beneficial properties. However, these ingredients also have a number of contraindications.
Did you know? In olden times in Russia there were “knocked smokers”, where one could get a drink near a window made in the wall of the house and served as a kind of counter.
- Due to its composition, sbiten has the following properties useful to the human body:
- honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial effects, strengthens and tones;
- ginger improves digestion, lowers cholesterol and has antiviral properties;
- sage is useful for diseases of the respiratory system, problems with the stomach and liver;
- St. John's wort demonstrates effectiveness in the treatment of depression, chronic fatigue, relieves headache;
- mint calms, increases appetite and relieves cramps;
- thyme (thyme) has analgesic and disinfectant effects, improves digestion;
- adding lemon or orange will strengthen the immune system in the fight against viruses.
Important! To preserve the beneficial properties of natural bee honey, it can not be added to boiling water or a very hot liquid. The temperature of the drink should not be higher than +40°C!
The main contraindication for the use of the drink is individual intolerance to bee products and children under 2 years old.
- You should also individually select the composition of the drink with such ailments:
- pancreatitis and gastrointestinal diseases in the acute stage;
- allergic reactions to spices and herbs.
How to make honey sbiten at home
It is not difficult to prepare an old drink at home, but by changing the proportions and composition of spices, you can get a different taste and aroma.
Traditional Moscow Sobiten according to V.V. Pokhlebkin
5 L 30 min
Energy value per 100 g:
- Dissolve molasses and honey in hot water.
- Boil for 15 minutes, add spices and keep on fire for another 15 minutes. Drink hot.
- To maintain the benefits of the drink, you can boil spices and molasses with water, cool the infusion to + 40 ° C and then add honey.
Did you know? Sea buckthorn honey, despite the name, is just a syrup from the corresponding berries, since the tree blooms too early for the bees to collect pollen.
1 L 40 min.
Energy value per 100 g:
- Peel the ginger root. Put it in water, add spices and bring to a boil.
- Add sugar and honey to the water, cook over low heat for 10 minutes, when the foam appears, remove it with a spoon.
- Leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Strain and warm if necessary.
- As in the previous recipe, honey can be added in the final stage.
Recommendations for the use of the drink
Hot sbiten is a great way to warm yourself on a frosty winter day. The drink will also help with viral or colds. Significant energy value allows you to use it to maintain strength during mental or physical exertion.
Important! Sour or bitter taste of honey means that the product is spoiled. Crystallization is not cause for concern — This is a natural process that does not affect the beneficial properties of the product.