The rainy season and Umeshu (梅酒)

The rainy season in Japan is called Tsuyu (梅雨) which means the rain of ume, Japanese apricot. Surely Japanese apricots are sold in this season and we make Umeboshi (梅干し), Umeshu (梅酒) and Ume juice (梅ジュース).

Today I made Umeshu and Ume juice. Umeshu is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping ume in alcohol and sugar. Usually we steep ume in shouchu, which is a distilled beverage from barley, sweet potatoes or brown sugar. I use shouchu made from brown sugar which has a faint sweet fregrance.

Ume juice is a kind of cordial and made by tiering ume with some boreholes and sugar. I love it mixed with soda water.

This umeshu and ume juice will be finished in this summer and I am looking forward to drinking them with my family and friends.

2 commentaires:

  1. Oh, it is green! Why is umeboshi rather brown? Is it rape or colored with something?

  2. Umeboshi is also made of unripe ume and the sundrying during the process of making turns it brown naturally. And red umeboshi is coloured with red perilla.