Celebrate the New Year with Home-Made Fruit Kompot Cocktails

Christmas is over, the weather’s getting colder and I have fresh cranberries in the fridge from a cranberry sauce I didn’t have time to make this Christmas. I had great cooking plans for Christmas, however, with work, gift shopping and all other preparations there was simply no way to get to everything. After the family gatherings died down and I’ve had a chance to relax I looked in the fridge to see what I can make in order for nothing goes to waste.

I grew up back in Poland, during a time where food was not plentiful and no one wasted anything because it was hard to get food everyday. Coming to Canada, which we are grateful for, food is in abundance here, and even though the food shortage I’ve experienced with my family back in Poland was a couple decades ago, still till this day I  have a hard time with food waste in my own house or anywhere I see it. So I do my best to buy only what we eat and try not to waste anything.

This brings me back to a traditional Polish drink that combines any left over fruit to make a delicious nutritious and very versatile drink called ‘kompot’. I made this variation based on what I had in the fridge, you can use any fruit you have and it will turn out delicious.

What you’ll need

10 cups of cold water
2 cups of fresh cranberries
1 apple, sliced
1 pear, sliced
1/4 cup of raw cane sugardragonfruitphotography_kompot-5

What to do

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low or to a slow simmer. Allow to simmer for about 30-40 minutes.

Serving suggestions:

1. Serve hot in your favourite mug for a great winter warmer or after dinner beverage. It’s very similar to the fruity teas we’re familiar with or fruit punch. Sweeten to taste if desired.

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2. Served iced in a tall glass, garnish with a few fresh cranberries. So tasty and pretty

3. New Years Eve Kompot Cocktail: Add 1 part vodka and 4 part kompot for a delicious cocktail.

4. New Years Eve Kompot Sparkler: Add 3 part champagne to a champagne flute and 1 part kompot for a tasty mimosa style drink to ring in the New Year.

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Happy New Year everyone. Best wishes to you and your families. xoxo

Have fun and drink responsibly.

 

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