Huh, what’s “apple kompot”, you might be wondering? Not to be confused with “compote”, which sounds just like the Russian drink and is more of a dessert-like fruit spread or jam. Kompot is a popular Russian drink made also from fruit or berries that can be served warm or chilled. But it is most definitely a DRINK, not a dessert.
The taste of kompot brings back many childhood memories for me. My Grandma and my Mom both used to make it as an afternoon drink served with a little tea cookie for a quick snack. I used to have it warm, when it was freshly made. It was so popular in our family that by the end of the day, it was all gone. So we always had a fresh batch in the house.
In honor of all things fall and harvest, today I would like to share with you a recipe for of Apple Kompot. Since we had just gone apple picking, we have a bounty of fruit in the house right now. I wanted something other than applesauce or apple crumble with our fruit. I was looking for something fresh yet comforting. The thought of Kompot came to mind, and I whipped up a batch in less than 20 minutes.
Note: you can make it with any fruit or berries or mix and match.
Ingredients for Apple Kompot:
- 4 apples, cored and sliced
- 1/2 lemon (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- spices (optional)
Note: I have used a few cinnamon sticks and anise stars. You can try adding a few cloves, fresh ginger, or all spice. It adds to the flavor without overpowering.
Directions for Apple Kompot:
1. Wash and core the apples using whatever method you prefer. I simply cut mine in half and then, using a paring knife, cut out the seedy middle. Using an apple corer works just as well.
2. Slice the apples. I cut mine in half, then quarters, then eighth. I left the skin on.
3. Slice ½ lemon (optional)
4. Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
5. Place your apples in boiling water and reduce the heat to medium.
6. Let apples boil in the water for 5 minutes.
7. Add sugar.
8. Once apple water heats up to boiling again, add lemon and turn the burner off.
9. Put the lid on and leave it on the stove to simmer and then cool for about an hour.
10. After an hour, take all the apples and lemon slices out. They should still hold their shape (and make a great snack!).
11. Prepare a pitcher for your Apple Kompot and carefully pour the contents of a pot into it.
12. For presentation, you can cut up half an apple and add to your Kompot. I added a couple of cinnamon sticks and a few anise stars. They did not overpower the taste of a drink but rather gave it that infamous taste of “fall”.
Your Apple Kompot is ready! You can serve it in glasses or mugs, with personal cinnamon sticks to infuse the drink if you didn’t put any into your pitcher. The taste will be reminiscent of a very light apple juice, refreshing yet comforting for fall. Enjoy!