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This morning I was reading about the Korean drink hwachae and realized “Hey, this is basically the same thing as компот!”
What is компот? It is a beverage made, essentially, by boiling fruit in water with some sugar and then letting the liquid cool down. You can make компот out of all sorts of fruit, fresh or dried. When you put a pitcher of it on the table, you leave the marvelous chunks of fruit in, not straining it out. The Grandma's Advice website lists the following versions:
It's a great summer drink of course, but the Russians will drink it in winter, too. Here are some sample sentences:
|Ещё компот, пожалуйста.||More compote, please.|
|Мама налила всем компот и поставила на стол тарелку с печеньем.||Mom poured compote for everybody and set a plate of cookies on the table.|
|— Очень вкусный компот!
— Да, в нём и яблоки и груши.
|“Very tasty compote!”
“Yes, it has both apples and pears in it.”
|— Какой это компот?
— Компот из айвы.
— Я даже не знаю, что такое айва.
|“What kind of compote is this?”
“Compote made from quinces.”
“I don't even know what a quince is.”