Compotes are healthy and tasty, especially if you cook them yourself from local fruits. If you have apricots, try making a flavorful drink with them.

Which apricots are right for you?

To make the compote really tasty, choose the right apricots. Firstly, they must be ripe: unripe ones will give the finished drink an unpleasant bitterness, and overripe and soft ones will make it cloudy and unattractive. Secondly, use only high-quality fruits without traces of rotting, insect damage and spoilage.

Important! The compote should be boiled as soon as possible after harvesting the apricots, as they are not stored for a long time and quickly deteriorate.

How to cook compote?

How to cook a truly tasty, aromatic and healthy apricot compote for the winter? There are many ways, and several are described below.

Method one

Here’s what you need:

  • three liters of water;
  • 20-25 pieces of ripe medium-sized apricots;
  • seven tablespoons of granulated sugar;
  • one lemon.

Cooking description:

  1. The apricots should be washed thoroughly, halved and the seeds removed. But if you want to leave the fruits intact, then do not touch them.
  2. Pour water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  3. After boiling, immerse the apricots in water.
  4. Wait for the mixture to begin to boil again. If this happens, add sugar to the saucepan and reduce the heat to minimum.
  5. After five minutes of boiling, under the lid, add the lemon zest to the compote and cook the drink for about ten minutes more.
  6. Let the drink stand and cool, and then drink it warm or chilled.

Method two

This method is suitable for rolling compote for the winter. The list of components is as follows:

  • a kilogram of ripe apricots;
  • 600-700 grams of granulated sugar;
  • 2.5 liters of water (it is undesirable to use tap water, it can spoil the taste);
  • five teaspoons of rum or brandy to taste.

Recipe:

  1. You can preliminarily rid the fruit of seeds and peels. To do this, first immerse them in boiling water for a minute, and then put them in cold water: after such manipulations, the skins are easily removed. Next, remove the seeds while dividing the apricots into halves.
  2. Boil water in a saucepan, add sugar to it and dissolve completely.
  3. Put your apricots in boiling syrup, cook them for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Sterilize the jars and lids, pour the compote just removed from the stove over them, add rum as desired and roll up.

Method three

This compote is delicious and aromatic, has a piquant taste. The set of products is as follows:

  • half a kilo of well-ripened apricots;
  • five full tablespoons of natural honey;
  • five leaves of fresh mint;
  • a quarter of a lemon;
  • 1.5 liters of water;
  • a pinch of cinnamon.

The drink is prepared in this way:

  1. First, wash the apricots, pour over with boiling water, peel and free from the seeds. Then grind them in any way to maximize the release of juice.
  2. Pour the resulting apricot puree with water, put the container with the mixture on fire and boil for literally five minutes over medium heat.
  3. Strain the drink after cooling through cheesecloth or other cloth, add squeezed lemon juice, cinnamon and pre-washed mint leaves.
  4. Mix everything well and send it to the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  5. Serve chilled as it refreshes in the summer heat!

Method four

Delicious and bright will make a compote of apricots and oranges. And you will need this for cooking:

  • litere of water;
  • one juicy large orange;
  • 300 grams of juicy apricots;
  • 150-170 grams of sugar.

Process description:

  1. Pour boiling water over the orange, peel it off, and then cut the citrus into half rings or cubes.
  2. Apricots should also be peeled and pitted, also immersed in boiling water, peeled off, and then dividing in half and taking out all that is superfluous.
  3. Now put the chopped apricots with orange into a thick-bottomed saucepan, cover them with sugar and leave for an hour.
  4. Then put the saucepan on the stove and cook the mixture for about fifteen minutes, so that it thickens a little.
  5. Add hot water, bring everything together again to a boil, distribute in sterilized jars and roll up with a key.

Method five

And this is a multicomponent compote. The ingredients are as follows:

  • 10 plums;
  • 10 apricots;
  • 1 large red apple;
  • three liters of water;
  • sugar to your taste (the amount depends on the sweetness of the fruit);
  • fresh mint.

Preparation:

  1. Peel plums with apricots after immersion in boiling water for a minute. Divide the fruits into halves, take out the seeds. Peel the apple with a knife, cut out the cores, cut into slices.
  2. Place all fruits in a saucepan, add water and boil.
  3. After boiling, add sugar, then cook the compote for about 20 minutes.
  4. It remains to pour the drink into the cans and roll them up.

Be sure to try making a delicious apricot compote according to one of the suggested recipes!

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