Umeshu (梅酒) is a Japanese liqueur made from steeping ume fruits (while still unripe and green) in alcohol (焼酎, shōchū) and sugar. It has a sweet, sour taste, and an alcohol content of 10-15%. The taste and aroma of umeshu can appeal to even those people who normally dislike alcohol. Famous brands of umeshu include Choya and Takara Shuzo.
Umeshu's most common ingredients are plums, appricots, and green aoume. This drink is considered to be detoxifying and useful to drink when you have a sore throat.
Umeshu can be served at different temperatures; chilled or with ice, room temperature, or even hot in the winter. Many people also make their own umeshu at home.
Japanese restaurants serve many different varieties of umeshu and also make cocktails. A popular choice for young people is to mix it with Green tea (o-cha).
Ume liquor is popular in both Japan and Korea. Both the Japanese and Korean varieties of ume liquor are available with whole ume fruits contained in the bottle.
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