Japan’s Favourite Home-brew

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FOOD: Japan’s Favourite Home-Brew

Whilst the British are steeping sloes in gin and the Americans are crafting backyard beer, in Japan plum wine, or umeshu, is the home-brew of choice. Made by soaking unripened plums in alcohol (shōchū) and sugar, plum wine is a hugely popular sweet and sour drink. Found in almost every restaurant and the base of some of Japan’s best loved cocktails, don’t leave Japan without trying umeshu rokku (on the rocks), umeshu sawa (sour), umeshu green tea if you’re feeling adventurous, or a Flaming Plum cocktail to get the night going.

But if you’re still to book your tickets to Tokyo, then you can always make like the
Japanese and bottle your own at home.

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