Strawberry Apple Kompot

Kompot is a traditional non- alcoholic drink popular in Eastern and Southern Europe. It is made by boiling fresh or dried fruit in water with sugar which can be served hot or cold. There is plenty of possibilities here, you can use berries, apples, peaches, rhubarb etc. lt’s also a part of the tradition to have it for Christmas Eve. That kind of kompot is usually made of prunes and other dried fruit, spices like cloves or cinnamon and served hot. I decided to make kompot out of fresh fruit with a bit of mint for a nice refreshing taste. It’s also great in room temperature but I added some ice cubes because with this crazy hot weather I just needed to stay cool.

As I mentioned earlier a lot of fruit are great for making kompot. My grandma usually made it with fresh cherries in the summer and it had a great slightly tart taste. I used fresh strawberries and green apples.

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I filled a small cooking pot with water and brought it to boil. Then I added chopped strawberries and apples and cooked in for about 25 minutes.

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After about 20 minutes I tried my kompot and added some sugar. If you’re dieting or your fruit is sweet enough you can skip sugar. At the end I added fresh mint and muddled it a little bit with the fruit.

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I strained kompot, got rid off extra fruit. I let it cool down a bit and served it over ice with some extra mint. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of strawberries
  • 2 apples
  • 1/4 -3/4 cup of sugar (optional)
  • fresh mint

Directions:

  1. Bring around 1 gallon of water to boil.
  2. Chop strawberries and apples and add to boiling water. After 20 minutes taste and add sugar if necessary.
  3. After sugar melts, let it cool down. Serve cold.

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