Traditional Polish Kompot z Suszu Recipe

by Jan Vasil
Traditional Polish Kompot z Suszu Recipe

Kompot z Suszu is a beloved Polish beverage made from dried fruits and spices, traditionally served during the Christmas season.

This comforting, aromatic drink is not only a holiday staple but also a delightful treat enjoyed year-round in many Polish homes.

Most Popular Ways of Serving Kompot z Suszu and Its Connection to Christmas

  • Served warm as a cozy accompaniment to holiday meals.
  • Enjoyed as a non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine during festive gatherings.
  • In Poland, it is a classic drink to break the Christmas Eve fast, symbolizing the wealth of the harvest and the promise of spring.

My Tips to Make an Outstanding Kompot z Suszu

  • Use a variety of dried fruits for a complex flavor.
  • Soak the dried fruits in water overnight to enhance their natural sweetness and texture.
  • Add a small amount of sugar gradually; the dried fruits will already impart a natural sweetness.

Spices and Other Variations for the Best Kompot z Suszu

  • Classic spices include cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise.
  • A slice of fresh ginger or a few cardamom pods can add a refreshing twist.
  • Some like to add a splash of red wine for an extra festive touch.

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Traditional Polish Kompot z Suszu Recipe

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Recipe by Jan Vasil Course: DrinkCuisine: PolishDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 cup 1 mixed dried fruits (such as apples, pears, plums, and apricots)

  • 1 large 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 2 -3 cloves

  • 1 1 star anise

  • 6 cups 6 water

  • Sugar to taste (optional)

  • Slice lemon or orange for garnish (optional)


  • Soak the Dried Fruits:
  • In a large bowl, cover the dried fruits with water and leave them to soak overnight. This will help them to rehydrate and intensify the flavor of the kompot.
  • Cook the Fruits and Spices:
  • Transfer the soaked fruits and their soaking liquid into a large pot. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Sweeten and Serve:
  • Taste the kompot and add sugar if desired, allowing it to dissolve completely.
  • Serve the kompot warm, garnished with a slice of lemon or orange if you like.

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Can I make Kompot z Suszu with fresh fruit?

Yes, though the flavor will be different. Dried fruits give a more concentrated taste which is traditional for this drink.

How long can I store Kompot z Suszu?

It can be refrigerated for up to a week. Reheat gently before serving.

Can I use honey instead of sugar?

Absolutely. Honey or other natural sweeteners can be used to taste.

Is it possible to overcook Kompot z Suszu?

While it’s hard to overcook, simmering for too long can break down the fruits too much and cloud the drink.

Can Kompot z Suszu be served cold?

Yes, it can be refreshing on a hot day, but it’s traditionally served warm, especially during the holidays.

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