Category: Beverages (Page 1 of 2)
Peach KompotJuly 16th, 2016 in Beverages, Non-alcoholic by Julia Volhina
It is a peach season and I managed to acquire big box of Georgia peaches which are very sweet and tasty and don’t have long shelf life.
So a portion of these peaches made their way into this Peach Kompot (in Russian “kompot” stands for a boiled fruit drink).
As any kompot, Peach kompot is pretty easy to make: just boil peaches with a bit of sugar and cool it down to infuse.
Removing skin from peaches makes them nice to consume, but you don’t have to do it if it seem like a hassle: just slice peaches in halves and remove pits, skin will get separated during boiling process by itself.
Blueberry and Ice Cream MilkshakeJuly 18th, 2015 in Beverages, Non-alcoholic by Julia Volhina
Not complicated recipe for homemade drink to enjoy this hot summer: a milkshake made of fresh (and colorful) blueberries, ice cream and milk, you will also need a stand blender.
Fresh berries are just great for this. But they can be replaced with frozen ones to make it more affordable or when fresh blueberries are out of season.
Listed ingredients will yield about 3 portions. Work in batches to make more in case you have 48oz blender cup like I do.
Hot Camomile Tea with RumJanuary 3rd, 2015 in Beverages, With Alcohol by Julia Volhina
If you are looking for comfort beverage to get warm during cold winter, try spiced hot camomile tea with rum.
Cinnamon and cloves spice the tea up, lemon juice flavors it and rum adds a bit of twist to the taste just enough to help with warming process, serve it hot.
I usually drink my tea unsweetened, but if you need some sweetness use honey (preferably) or sugar to taste.
Sour Cherry KompotJune 7th, 2014 in Beverages, Non-alcoholic by Julia Volhina
I was hunting for fresh sour cherries to prepare this one for few years. Then I discovered a package of frozen pie cherries (tart cherries, sour cherries) in a store (yea, I know, should have checked freezer section long ago).
Anyway, now there is no need to wait for fresh ones anymore, since these will work the same good for the kompot, they are a lot cheaper and are much easier to find.
Disclaimer: usually sour cherry kompot is made of fresh sour cherries (if you have access to them by a sane price) with pits in.
Removing pits (or using pitless ones) makes it easier to consume cherries from the kompot (even though I kind of like when pits are in, maybe it reminds me of the sour cherry kompots imported from Bulgaria which we were getting occasionally for winter holidays are kids).
Fruit and Berry KompotFebruary 1st, 2014 in Beverages, Non-alcoholic by Julia Volhina
This recipe gives me another chance to advertise the benefit of homemade drinks over store sold soda full of sugar and god knows what else: making drink for yourself gives you control over how much sugar it has exactly.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries are nice choice for this kompot, strawberries are nice addition too. I used frozen berry mix – it is cheaper and easier to get, however fresh berries will work the same well.
Fruit and berry kompot taste great warm, or cooled down to room temperature, or iced, whatever you prefer more. Fruits from the kompot taste great too, you can serve them with or without kompot.
Rhubarb KompotMay 4th, 2013 in Beverages, Non-alcoholic by Julia Volhina
This is another drink from my childhood. I must say I didn’t like it back when my grandma cooked it. But it changed since then.
I saw rhubarb stalks in store and it reminded me of her, so I decided to share this recipe with you.
If the taste of kompot is a bit too sour for your liking, add a bit more sugar.
Red Wine Sangria with Peaches, Oranges and LemonsJune 16th, 2012 in Beverages, With Alcohol by Julia Volhina
I think there are many recipes for sangria which use various ingredients, but they all are similar in one thing: usage of wine and fresh fruit.
Wine can be either white, or red, or rose; fruits can pretty much anything you have available. Some of sangrias include a bit of rum or brandy.
This recipe calls for red wine, oranges, lemons and fresh peaches. I also add cinnamon and cloves to my taste, but these are optional. And I don’t use harder liquor than dry wine.
Any type of dry red wine will work, just pick something not very expensive. If wine is too sour – add more sugar or honey or both.