Drinking cool, refreshing beverages is so satisfying. Especially if you can choose the flavor combinations and sweetness level. In my opinion, juices from the store are cloyingly sweet. I can’t understand how it’s possible to drink it without diluting it with at least half as much water.
Making your own drinks is so easy. Fruit kompot is a traditional Russian drink, which is made by cooking fruit and then drinking the liquid. It can be made from just about any combination of fruits or berries, fresh, frozen or dried.
My parents have their own apple trees and lots and LOTS of different berries. They also have wild grapes. They are small and pretty sour but make an AMAZING kompot. My mom freezes the berries and grapes, dries the apples and then makes kompot all winter long. Or as long as the abundance lasts:).
Apple and pear kompot is my personal favorite. I love the flavor combination. Hope you enjoy it too. Plus, you can make Apple-Pear Sauce with the cooked fruit.
Quarter the apples and pears.
Place the fruit in an 8-quart pot and fill it to the top with water. Bring to a boil. Add sugar. The amount of sugar depends on how sweet you like your drinks. Cook for about 3o minutes. Strain the kompot through a fine mesh sieve lined with a paper towel or cheesecloth. Use the cooked fruit to make the apple-pear sauce, if you’d like. Cool and store in the refrigerator.
- 2 lbs apples, quartered
- 2 lbs pears, quartered
- ¾-1 cup sugar
- Quarter the fruit. Place the fruit in an 8-quart pot and fill it to the top with water. Bring to a boil.
- Add the sugar. Cook for about 30 minutes.
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a paper towel or a cheesecloth.
- Store in the refrigerator.