Making umeshu is incredibly easy, but your window for making it is quite small. Generally, the end of May and early June is the best time to get ume.

Check out this video to see more about Japanese Plums and how to make homemade Umeshu!

Here is the procedure, as well as the general recipes I follow. There is some wiggle room, and the more you make umeshu the more you will find what your kind of preference is.

The large container from the video was made with this recipe:

  • 1kg Ume
  • 1.5l White Liquor
  • 650g Rock Sugar

The smaller easy-make container was made with this recipe:

  • 500g Ume
  • 900ml White Liquor (already in the bottle)
  • Roughly 300g of Honey