Umeshu

Japanese Apricot Liqueur

Umeshu, with its subtle sweet flavour, has been consumed for over 1,000 years in Japan. This liqueur is made from green ume apricots, shochu and sugar, and is left to mature for between three months and one year. Because of the healthy properties of ume, umeshu is popular not only as a delicious drink, but also as a medicine. Ume apricots are rich in potassium and calcium and fruit acid, which aids digestion, breaks down lactic acid and are said to increase the body’s metabolic rate and reduce tiredness.