I know what your’re thinking; “I could go for some Polish heroin right now”. But unfortunately that is not the Kompot I am teaching you how to cook. This sweet or bitter drink is of Eastern European origin and is especially popular in Slavic countries due to their functionality. You can drink it hot in the winter or cold in the summer, or the other way around if your are a serial killer. This is a useful drink for us broke people because it utilizes all those fruits you take, but can’t finish, from your neighbor’s backyard. Kompot can be made with almost any fresh fruits like apples, apricots, berries, grapes, etc, but should be made from what is growing in your garden for that home-grown taste. I am making this with blueberries, cherries, and strawberries because there was a sale at Tops. I had apples but I’ve found that they dissolve completely into the Kompot leaving a very murky look.
5 liters water
1 cup blueberries
2 cup cherries
2 cup strawberries
1 cup sugar (adjust according to taste)
1 tbsp lemon
2 tbsp honey (optional)
Using a large stock pot, bring the 5 liters of water to a rolling boil and add the berries and decrease the heat to a simmer and boil the fruits for 10 minutes covered. By this time the color of the fruit should have leeched into the water.
Add half the sugar, and honey, and stir. Taste to see if more sugar is needed. Kompot is supposed to taste slightly bitter so do not over do it with the sugar otherwise it will taste like that synthetic red colored Hawaiian punch. The sugar quantity depends on how sweet your fruits are.
Remove from heat and add the lemon to counter act the bitterness of the fruit. Drink now for a nice warm substitute for tea or cool it for a refreshing thirst quencher. Always serve with the fruit inside. You can store Kompot in mason jars for months in your refrigerator and always leave the berries in the drink. If you are wondering what alcohol to pair with this drink, then I’m afraid you might have a drinking problem. Vodka will help you.
Here is another variant I made with apples, blackberries, and raspberries. These fruit are slightly bitter when compared with blueberries and strawberries so I had to put an entire cup of sugar.