Russian Fruit Beverage – Kompot

In old times Russians made vzvar from dried fruits. Compote came from French Chiefs and means dessert with fruits, cooked in heavy syrup. Russians made it like beverage, cold or hot – kompot.

In Soviet Russia kompot was very popular (and cheap) dessert in food places (stolovaya). It was in most complete lunches.

My grandma always made big pot of kompot  for our summer visits and cool it in bathtub with cold water. And there were always homemade, canned, three-liter jars with kompot in our shelves for winter. Any fruits (fresh or frozen) in any combination would works. Most popular is apple, pears, plums, apricots, strawberries, raspberries and sour cherries.

Today I made my cold kompot  from couple fresh-picked and slightly dented peaches, couple black plums and overripe nectarine.

Yield: 8 cups

2-3 large peaches or nectarines
2-3 plums
8 cups of water
1/4 cup sugar
optional: lemon juice and zest, vanilla pod or cinnamon stick

Bring water to boil, add sugar and let it dissolve, add all fruits and simmer about 5 minutes, remove from heat and let cool for room temperature, strain through a sieve, pour into bottles or jars and cool in fridge.

1 cup is about 50 calories

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