Japanese Plum Wine / Umeshu

homemade japanese plum wine or umeshu

When I was shopping in the Royal Project Shop near where I live earlier this week, I found some green plums and suddenly remembered seeing people going crazy about making umeshu or Japanese plum wine from them last year. I never understood what the craze was all about until I finally opened the bottle of CHOYA Umeshu I’d been given ages ago. Although I personally rarely ever drink alcohol, I thought the umeshu was nice. Seeing the plums were just ฿55 a kg, I bought exactly a kg to make my own umeshu.

Japanese Plum Wine/Umeshu

This Japanese plum wine can be a great easy party or celebration drink. It requires only three ingredients, which are green plums, rock sugar, and white liquor. For the white liquor, you want the alcohol content to be at least 35%. And as far as sugar goes, people seem to like different amounts. If you’re making umeshu for the first time, you’ll want to go with something like the recipe below. Once you’ve had the drink you can decide whether you want more or less sugar the next time you make it.

Japanese Plum Wine/Umeshu

I should also note that the only downside to making your own umeshu (actually, I don’t even know if we could call it a downside) is that you have to wait six months for it to be ready. In fact people say it tastes even better if you wait for a year! I made mine on March 11 so I shall report back in September!

Japanese Plum Wine/Umeshu

If you like this Japanese plum wine and can get hold of green plums, do give the recipe a try and let me know what you think about the sugar content. 🙂


Japanese Plum Wine / Umeshu Recipe

Japanese Plum Wine/Umeshu

A really easy to make wine great for any celebration.

  • Author: Cooking with Nart
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 months
  • Total Time: 6 months 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1.8 liters 1x
  • Category: Drinks


  • 1 kilogram green plums
  • 500 gram rock sugar
  • 1.8 liter white liquor


  1. Rinse the plums and soak in clean water for 2 hours.
  2. Thoroughly dry the plums and pick out the stems with a toothpick.
  3. To a glass jar, add a layer of plums, then a layer of rock sugar. Repeat this process with the rest of the plums and sugar.
  4. Pour the liquor into the jar. Close the lid tight and store the jar in a cool and dark place for at least 6 months.

Keywords: Japanese plum wine, umeshu

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  • Reply
    May 2, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

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    seo nederland
    June 2, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Looks realy great! Thanks for the post.

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