Kompot from Fresh Apples or Pears


Kompot from Fresh Apples or Pears

Russian kompot is not a dessert of fruit cooked in sugary syrup, but a refreshing fruit drink prepared often in most Eastern European households. There are as many ways to prepare it as there are families, so don’t be afraid to experiment. 
Course Drinks
Servings 5


  • 3 apples or pears cored and cut into 6 to 8 parts
  • 1 to 2 tbsps sugar (depending on how sweet the fruit is)
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 pinch cinnamon optional
  • 1 pinch lemon zest optional


  • Put fruits in a pot, add sugar and water and stir. Bring to a boil, turn down heat to low and let simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat, add cinnamon and/or lemon zest and mix well. Cover and let cool.
  • When kompot is cool, strain it through a cheesecloth or sieve. Serve room temperature or cool.

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