First mentioned in Slavonic chronicles in 1128, it remained popular with all strata of Russian society until the 19th century when it was replaced by coffee and tea. It is being revived in the 21st century as a mass-produced drink in Russia. Sbiten-hot drink made from spices and herbs with honey or sugar.
It was purchased in general only in Moscow in crowded places.
Sbitenshchik (Russian: сбитенщик) was a sbiten vendor in old Russia. The tradition began in the 12th century.