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two glasses of umeshu or Japanese plum wine
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Plum Wine or Liqueur (Umeshu) Recipe

🌸🥃Umeshu is a Japanese plum wine or liqueur that offers delightful sweet and tangy flavors with the fruity fragrance of ume plums. Not only can you drink the wine, but you can also eat the plums, use them as a garnish or even part of desserts! Requiring only 3 ingredients, this drink is very easy to make. It's perfect for parties and as a homemade gift for your loved ones! 🌸🥃
Prep Time40 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: green plums, homemade liquor, homemade wine, Japanese plum wine, Japenese plum liqueue, ume plums, umeshu
Servings: 1 .8 liters
Author: Nart


  • 2.2 pounds or 1 kilogram unripe Japanese ume plums
  • 1.1 pounds or 500 grams rock sugar
  • 60 fluid ounces or 1.8 liters shochu not to be confused with the Korean soju! or a white liquor like a flavorless vodka


  • Rinse the plums and soak in clean water for 2 hours.
  • Thoroughly dry the plums with a towel and pick out the stems with a toothpick.
  • In a large glass jar, place a layer of the plums and cover them with a layer of rock sugar. Repeat the process with the remaining plums and sugar. You can use more than one jar, but make sure the sugar is half the weight of the plums in each jar.
  • Pour the liquor into the jar. You want the liquid to be a little bit above the plums.
  • Close the lid tightly and store the jar in a cool and dark place for at least 6 months. After 6 months, your umeshu is ready to drink!


You can steep the plums for years. They say the longer, the better the umeshu!