Refreshing Umeshu Cocktails

Umeshu (Plum Liqueur)

Umeshu, also known as Plum Liqueur, is a Japanese liqueur made with ume plums steeped in liqueur and sugar. It’s a tangy and sweet liqueur with an alcohol content of about 10-15%, depending on the brewery. It became a popular drink in Japan sometime around the 17th century. Its delicate taste made it increasingly popular with young women. Did you know that aside from being delicious, umeshu is also said to have some health benefits to it such as improving circulation and exhaustion?

This refreshing plum liqueur can come in many types like nigori (meaning unfiltered), genshu (undiluted), sparkling, and koshu (aged). For Nigori umeshu, the liqueur would contain pulp from the ume plums that were used in the brewing process. This ‘cloudiness’ gives an additional depth and mellowness. 

In addition to the usual umeshu that you may know and love, do not forget that this versatile alcohol pairs well with other fruity flavours to give you a wider flavour profile to try. Our Ozeki Momo Umeshu (Hyogo) uses Hakuou Momo which is known as the king of peaches as well as one of the highest quality of ume, Nanko-Bai. This well-balanced sweetness and acidity have made this one of our best sellers.

Umeshu (Plum Liqueur) Cocktails

Makoto-Ya | Umeshu cocktail recipes

Great as a cocktail ingredient thanks to the refreshing citric acid flavours alongside with the tartness of ume plums. Here are two simple recipes for you to try at home!

Umeshu Mojito

  • 45ml of umeshu
  • mint leaves according to taste
  • 2 tsp of brown sugar
  • lime
  • soda
  • Ice

1. Muddle mint leaves, brown sugar and lime in a shaker.
2. Add in umeshu of your choice and an appropriate amount of soda.
3. Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy.

Umeshu Yuzu Fizz

1. Mix Yuzu Umeshu and soda in a shaker.
2. Pour in a glass of ice (optional).
3. Add a slice of lemon to garnish.
4. Enjoy the refreshing drink.

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