Sbiten, the tradi tional beverage for wintertime in Russia, is a drink with a long, colorful history. Research shows that sbiten has been around since the fourteenth century. Traditionally, Sbiten was served from oft-h eated copper samovars by the sbitenshchik, who served it up until the beginning of the twentieth century on Russian street corners. I have alw ays loved all things Russian. For the past twenty years, I have collected stamps from Russia and outlying territories, and have ).