In contrast to conventional umeshu or plum liqueurs, plums used in this umeshu are locally grown and they are soaked in Japanese sake (Junmai Ginjo) made from extremely soft water. This umeshu will be appreciated even by people who do not like sake. It contains fewer calories since it uses frcutose instead of sugar.
Umeshu (梅酒) is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping ume Plum 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.
Many people make their own Umeshu with family and friends and wait until they become some kind of vintage.
Japanese restaurants serve many different varieties of umeshu and also make cocktails. Umeshu on the Rocks (pronounced umeshu rokku), Umeshu Sour (pronounced umeshu sawa), Umeshu Tonic (with 2/3 tonic water), Umeshu Soda (with 2/3 carbonated water) and the Flaming Plum cocktail are popular. It is sometimes mixed with green tea (o-cha-wari) or warm water (o-yu-wari). Umeshu can be served at different temperatures; chilled or with ice, room temperature, or even hot in the winter.