Hollyce’s Sin Pot

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes about

    4 cups

Appears in

Stars Desserts

By Emily Luchetti

Published 1993

  • About

This naturally fermented fruit compote is unusual in its preparation and appearance.

It may look unappealing as it ages, but when you taste it with ice cream you will ask for seconds. As a cool refreshing drink, combine the strained liquid with seltzer water and serve over ice. Use caution, however, as it packs a wallop.



  • 11 cups roughly sliced fresh fruit (see Note)
  • 11 cups sugar


Mix 4 cups of the fruit and 4 cups of the sugar together in a large bowl. Transfer the fruit to a clean gallon size glass jar, cover the jar with a double layer of cheesecloth, and wrap a rubber band around the rim. Gently stir the fruit every day for 2 weeks.

Every other day during this 2-week period, add and stir in an additional 1 cup of fruit and an additional 1 cup of sugar. After the 2 weeks, let the sin pot sit for 1 month in a cool place and stir it every few days. It will give off a lot of juice as it sits and will begin to ferment.

To serve

Spoon the sin pot over vanilla ice cream with your choice of cookies.

The sin pot will keep for several months at room temperature.