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Uzvar (Ukrainian Winter Punch)

A recipe for Uzvar (Ukrainian Winter Punch) from the cookbook, Mamushka.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Ukrainian
Keyword drink, fruit, punch, Ukraine, Ukrainian, uzvar, winter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
0 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 10 ounces (315 g) each dried apple slices, dried apricots, and dried pitted prunes
  • 7 ounces (220 g) dried sour cherries
  • 1 old dried vanilla pod without seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A few strips of lemon and orange zest
  • Clear honey to taste
  • 3 quarts (96 fl oz/3 L) cold water


  • Mix everything together in a large saucepan and cook over low heat for 1 hour.
  • Strain the fruit and spices out (blitz the fruit without the spices in a food processor and serve with yogurt, porridge, or rice pudding), cover, and refrigerate until ready to drink. It will keep for up to 2 weeks and is amazing drunk warm with a shot of brandy.