Russian Gourmet: Kompot

When I was growing up© the ultimate summer non-alcoholic drinks were kompot and kvas. Kompot is a fruit drink made by boiling available fruits with sugar and then letting it chill. I am not sure if there is any recipe for a kompot, almost any imaginable fruit and berry can be used. Apples, peaches, plums, pears, strawberries, blueberries and especially sour cherries make the most delicious drink in about 20 minutes. Just cut the fruits (you don’t even have to peel the apples if you don’t feel like it) and add all of the ingredients to the pot of water. It still should be mostly water, it’s a drink not a meal. When it boils, add sugar to taste. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes – no need for the fruits to disintegrate. Turn the heat off and leave covered to cool down. Kompot is the best when chilled and it only gets better after a day or two. In winter dried fruits can be used but dried fruits sold in this country are infused with sulfur dioxide to make them more presentable which coincidentally kills their taste.

Kompot tastes so good that people used to preserve (can) it for winter when not too many ingredients were available. It’s not some colored chemical compound that kids drink nowadays. Give it a try, you won’t go back!

Soon I will be making kvas and will post about it then.

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  • DLC

    Looks good. Do you strain it before drinking or just leave the fruit in there?

  • And do bannanas work? I love straw-nanna drinks.

    I mean my girlfriend likes em!


  • Very cool, Meesha. But I’ll take mine with some vodka.

  • Dammit, Meesha! Why give us a drink recipe with no alcohol in it? Like Moxie Mama, I need vodka in my drinks.

  • DLC

    the ladies make a very good point. But mixing vodka isn’t the Russian way is it?

  • This is what you drink instead of pop,kool-aid or juice. You can mix it with whatever you like but its main purpose is a soft drink. I don’t strain it because I like the fruits but some people don’t. Not sure what bananas would add but be creative – throw a banana in it.

  • dumbwhore

    I can’t wait to read about the kvas. I had it in San Fran but never since. From what I understand it’s hard to make in the US unless you get organic black bread as normal bread has stuff to inhibit yeast growth.

  • donyol


    Representing the best drink in the world!