Umeshu: How To Make Japanese Plum Wine And Some Ways To Drink It!
Umeshu translates to plum wine. It is a very enjoyable drink which you can easily make on your own! Umeshu also has many health benefits, which gives you another reason to try it!
What is "Umeshu" (梅酒): Plum wine...?
In order to make umeshu on your own, you have to mix ume and sugar into the alcohol and wait a few months, sometimes up to a whole year. The longer you wait, the deeper the taste becomes.
Umeshu tastes just so good only by itself but it can also be drunk with soda and water. The sweet taste of umeshu makes it very easy to drink. Be careful not to drink too much. Umeshu has around a 10% alcohol content.
Since umeshu does not have an expiration date, once after your umeshu is ready, you can enjoy it for a long time without worrying it might go bad. The ume plums used for making it can be eaten as well.
Umeshu plum wine recipe
-0.2 to 1 kg of sugar (the amount of sugar depends on how sweet you want your umeshu)
-1.8 liter of alcohol (usually white liqueur, whiskey, or shochu) with an alcohol content of 20% or higher.
-Any jar or container will be fine. (Make sure that they are clean and sterilized!)
Step2) Add plums and sugar alternately into the jar. The last layer should be sugar to prevent the plums from floating.
Step3) Pour in the alcohol and let the plums rest in the solution.
Wait a few months to a year...
Step4) Ready to drink! Enjoy!
Is umeshu good for your health?
Traditionally, umeshu has been enjoyed not just for its good taste but also for its medicinal properties. The vitamins and minerals contained in the ume plums are said to be beautifying and good to help you get better when you are weak. Also, it's said to be the ideal drink to have in moderation to promote a good night's sleep.
How can a umeshu be served?
On the rock
Mizuwari: cut with cold water/ Oyuwari: cut with hot water
Soda-wari: cut with soda
Other unique ways!
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