Top 5 Tips on How to Drink Umeshu
03.21.2023 | Blog
What is Umeshu?
Umeshu is a beloved Japanese liqueur made from the Ume fruit that has been enjoyed for centuries in Japan and around the world. Despite its popularity, many people misunderstand Umeshu and refer to it as Plum Wine. While it's true that both are made from Ume fruit, the main difference between Umeshu and Plum Wine is in their fermentation process. Umeshu is a liqueur made by steeping Ume fruit in alcohol and sugar, while Plum Wine is made by fermenting Ume fruit and sugar together, much like grape wine. This difference in the fermentation process means that the flavor profile of the two drinks is distinct. The Ume flavor in Plum Wine may be masked by the wine taste, while the fermented wine flavor is amplified.
How to Drink Umeshu?
Umeshu’s unique sweet and tart flavor is both fruity and smooth, making it a versatile drink that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Depending on the serving method, the drink's flavor profile can change quite dramatically.
1. On the rocks
If you're feeling traditional, you can enjoy Umeshu on the rocks, which is a common way to drink it in Japan. The ice helps to bring out the natural sweetness of the Ume fruit while balancing its acidity. Experiment with different amounts of ice to taste all the changes in your Umeshu as more ice melts and more of its flavors open up.
2. Chilled and straight
If you prefer a less diluted taste, you can chill your Umeshu in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving it. This method is similar to how you would serve Sake or Wine and allows you to enjoy the drink's smooth finish.
3. Mix with soda or sparkling water
If you want to add a bit of fizz to your drink, try mixing Umeshu with soda or sparkling water. This creates a light and bubbly drink that is perfect for warm weather or as a refreshing aperitif.
4. Mix with water
Mixing Umeshu with water is a popular way to enjoy it in Japan. The addition of cold water dilutes the drink slightly, bringing out a milder, softer flavor.
5. Use as a cocktail ingredient
Umeshu's unique sweet and tart flavor makes it a popular ingredient in cocktails. You can mix Umeshu with other liqueurs to create a unique and flavorful cocktail. CHOYA collaborates with Mixologists to create custom CHOYA cocktail recipes with Umeshu.
There are many ways to enjoy Umeshu, and it's essential to find the one that suits your taste preferences the most. With its unique flavor and versatility, Umeshu is a drink that can be enjoyed in many different settings and occasions. Whether you prefer it straight, on the rocks, mixed with water or soda, or as a cocktail ingredient, Umeshu is a drink that will keep you coming back for more.