Some of my friends loved my plum wine. ^^ This year, we tried to make it together.
This is a simple recipe for a typical plum wine or Umeshu!
What you need:
Green plums —– 1kg
Rock sugar —— 600g ~ 1kg
Shōchū with a 35% alchohol/volume, or brandy ——- 1.8L
Container (such as a glass jar with a lid)
Wash the green plums, wipe off the excess water around the plums and take off the stem using a stick.
Make sure the container (glass jar) is clean, and put in the green plums from step 1 and all of the rock sugar (or honey). Pour in the liqour (shōchū or brandy), close the lid of the jar and store it in a cool and dark place.
Occasionally shake the jar gently to mix the contents together. The wine can be consumed after around three months, but it is better to wait for around a year to make it even more tastier. Remember to take out the plums after one year.
Every year I also prepared non-alcohol plum syrup for my children too. It’s good for children and people who want it without alcohol.
This year I made two types of plum syrup: a regular one with rock sugar and another with brown sugar.
We had a sushi making event and lunch after making the plum wine. We made California rolls together and ate Temaki Sushi and other food that I had prepared. I didn’t have time to take photos here. ^^;
I had a Japanese Sake Party in May since my husband got nice sake from Aizu. I served “Snowdrop（スノードロップ）” as an aperitif for my guest.
This was made of Japanese sake and yogurt by Akebono liquor in Aizu. We chose a fresh strawberry flavor that is a limited product only in spring. The sweetness is modest and very tasty. Everybody loved it .^^
We chose “Kazenomori（風の森)” for next one. This was made by Yunaga liquor in Nara. This sake was full with umami with a slightly sparkling texture, and had a refreshing taste like wine.
I made some seasonal dishes using some fresh horse mackerel(Aji) and bonito(Katsuo).
If you want to try my dishes with Japanese sake, contact me. We can negotiate and I will arrange for you. ♪
I went to Aizu in Fukushima with my family during Golden week (long Japan’s holiday in May). We went from Shinjuku expressway bus terminal. It took about 4 hours to get to my hometown. May is a good season for watching fresh green forests and beautiful flowers. ^^ We enjoyed staying my parents’ house and visited nice shops and restaurants in this trip. ♪
Aizu cotton maker “IIE Lab”
Italian Restaurant “Ristorante Luce（リストランテルーチェ）”
Japanese Restaurant “Takino（田季野）”
Japanese Restaurant “Tsuruga（鶴賀）”
We met a private mascot “Otane-kun（おたねくん）” on the street. ^^
My name is Hiromi. I’m a house mom who lives in middle Tokyo and organizes Global Space Net events. I like cooking and drinking and also love to spend time with people who are from different cultures and backgrounds.
I often arrange lunch parties and walks in town for fun. ♪
I’m also qualified as a Sake Expert by the Japan Sake Association.
If you want to interested in my party and food, contact me. We can negotiate and I will arrange for you. ♪
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