Cherry Kompot (Cherry Drink)

Kompot is a traditional drink in Central and Eastern European countries, especially Bulgaria, Poland and Russia. Cherry kompot is a light, refreshing drink, especially good during hot summer, but can also be served warm in winter.
Cherry Kompot (Cherry Drink)


  • 1 1/2 pound cherries
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Prep time:
1 hour, 5 minutes
Cook time:
10 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 15 minutes
Yield: 6 cups | Prep time: 1 hour, 5 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


1. In a medium pot, bring the water to boil and add sugar.
2. Pull the stems off and wash the cherries.
Cherry Kompot (Cherry Drink) photo instruction 1
3. Add the cherries and lemon juice to the pot and cook over medium-high heat until the water starts boiling.
Cherry Kompot (Cherry Drink) photo instruction 2
4. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and let the kompot cool and infuse.
Cherry Kompot (Cherry Drink) photo instruction 3
5. You can serve it chilled or warm. Store in refrigerator.

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Guest December 21, 2020 1:52 AM
I made this recipe and it's honestly so simple and tastes incredible. I didn't really measure anything since I only had one container of cherries and no scale, plus I threw in some dried cranberries. Really amazing taste, and very simple to make. Thanks!

alenatrs December 23, 2020 9:39 PM
That's just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us! - Alena

Guest August 19, 2020 4:59 PM
How long does the cherry kompot last in the refrigerator?

alenatrs September 1, 2020 8:52 PM
We usually drink it within 2-3 days, that's what I recommend. - Alena


Guest August 19, 2020 4:46 PM
Hi! Do the cherries need to be pitted?

alenatrs September 1, 2020 8:48 PM
No need to pit cherries.

cherry kompot

Guest September 22, 2019 9:22 AM
Wow! amazing cherry kompot recipe. Great work, thanks for sharing such amazing work.

alenatrs October 2, 2019 10:04 AM
Thanks! Great to hear you liked it! - Alena

cherry kompot

Guest August 24, 2019 7:22 AM
Wow! This cherry kompot recipe is really amazing. I love this recipe and want to cook this. Thanks for sharing.

Guest May 31, 2019 5:01 PM
How many cups of cherries would that 1.5lb be?

alenatrs June 24, 2019 7:07 PM
I used about 4 - 4 1/2 cups for this recipe

Thanks for this information.

Fritz14 June 25, 2015 9:44 PM
Thanks for this information. Nice post.

I had some fresh cherries

maggie October 26, 2013 9:57 PM
I had some fresh cherries frozen and decided to give this recipe a try. Served for our weekend party. Tasty and different. Thanks for the recipe!

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