Kisel: Russian Fruit Jelly Drink Recipe


Kisel is a classic Russian fruit jelly drink that can be made with fresh or frozen fruit. It has a vibrant, colorful appearance and a smooth, refreshing taste. Whether you're entertaining guests or simply looking for a delicious and healthy snack, Kisel is a perfect choice.


  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen fruit (such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or cranberries)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (optional)


  1. Prepare the fruit: If using fresh fruit, wash and slice it. If using frozen fruit, thaw it at room temperature.
  2. Make the syrup: In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes, or until the syrup thickens.
  3. Add the fruit: Stir in the prepared fruit and lemon juice (if using). Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the fruit has softened and released its juices.
  4. Adjust consistency: If the Kisel is too thick, add a little more water and stir. If it is too thin, add a little more cornstarch and stir.
  5. Serve: Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before serving. Kisel can be served warm or cold.


  • For a sweeter Kisel, add more sugar to taste.
  • For a more tart Kisel, add more lemon juice.
  • Kisel can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Kisel can be served with a variety of toppings, such as whipped cream, fresh fruit, or granola.
  • Be sure to use ripe, fresh fruit for the best flavor.


  • What is the difference between Kisel and Kissel? Kisel and Kissel are both Russian fruit jelly drinks, but there is a subtle difference between the two. Kisel is made with cornstarch, while Kissel is made with potato starch. Kisel has a thicker, smoother consistency than Kissel.
  • Can I use other sweeteners instead of sugar? Yes, you can use other sweeteners instead of sugar, such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. However, keep in mind that the amount of sweetness may vary, so you may need to adjust the amount you add to taste.
  • Can I make Kisel with other fruits? Yes, you can make Kisel with other fruits, such as apples, pears, cherries, or plums. Simply follow the same steps as outlined above, using your desired fruit.

Kisel: Russian Fruit Jelly Drink Recipe

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