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Kompot (Polish Fruit Drink)

Kompot is a traditional and popular non-alcoholic drink in Poland. It is made by boiling fruit in water and adding a sweetener, if desired. It can be served hot in the winter months or cold in the summer. For Christmas, it is typically made with dried fruit and spices. Here is simple recipe for you to enjoy!

Makes 8 servings. 


1 gallon of water

4 lbs of fresh or frozen fruits (apples, cherries, pears, plums, berries, etc...) 

4 tbsp of sweetener (sugar, honey, or other sweeteners; optional) 

1 tbsp vanilla sugar (optional) 

spices (cinnamon stick, mint, or cloves; optional) 


Wash all the fruits. Cut bigger fruits into halves or quarters. Discard any cores or pits. Place fruit and 1 gallon of water in a large pot. Add spices, if using. Boil on medium heat, about 1/2 hour. Mix occasionally while boiling. Add sweetener and vanilla sugar at end if desired, and mix well. Let cool for at least 10 minutes and serve hot or over ice. 

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