Not to be confused with the dessert called compote, kompot is a non-alcoholic drink made from fruit simmered with water and sugar. Kompot has existed since at least the 15th century and was traditionally preserved so that one could enjoy the flavor of fruit year-round. At Eastern European markets one can often buy jars of kompot ready to serve, but it's easy to make at home.
Fresh, frozen, or dried fruits can all be used to make kompot, and the sky's the limit – try cherries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apricots, peaches, plums, apples, and pears, either alone or in combination. A basic formula is 1 pound of fruit, 4 quarts of water, and 1 cup of sugar. Bring all of the ingredients to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes and let cool. Serve chilled with some of the fruit in each glass.
Recipes to try:
• Kompot of Red Currants and Peaches at Food Thru A Lens (pictured)
• Homemade Juice (Kompot) at Natasha's Kitchen
• Plum Kompot at Coffee & Vanilla
• Iced Fruit Drink (Kompot) made with dried fruit at Global Table Adventure
(Images: Ira Leoni/Food Thru A Lens)