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The elixir – Umeshu with coffee

Umeshu – coffee? When you first hear it, you sure feel a little surprised. Something fruity like umeshu with something strong and bold like coffee? But when you get down to tasting it, you are in for an even bigger surprise. Umeshu with coffee is an elixir, simply delicious, and will have you coming back for more. 

Awamori – another popular alcoholic beverage from Japan made using long-grained rice is a popular combination mixed with coffee to make Awamori coffee. Similarly, Umeshu – the Japanese plum wine, can also be mixed with coffee to make a delicious drink that is refreshing and gives you that caffeine kick.

How to make umeshu – coffee drink

To make the umeshu – coffee drink, you need some black coffee and some umeshu. We recommend following a ratio of 3:1 for coffee to umeshu. This means, for every three parts of black coffee, add one part of umeshu. You will not need to chill the ingredients in advance; you can choose to pour them over ice or add ice after mixing instead. 

Mix the black coffee with umeshu in the desired ratio and volume and pour it in a tall glass over some ice cubes. Voila! Your umeshu – coffee is ready! You can add in some sugar if you prefer.

We strongly recommend using fresh black coffee for this. Freshly brewed coffee gives the drink a good flavor. The taste of your umeshu – coffee would also depend on the type and flavor of your umeshu. 

How will the umeshu – coffee taste?

You will find that umeshu’s sweet and fruity flavor blends well with the bold, slightly bitter flavor of the coffee. Umeshu adds subtle refreshing notes to the coffee, giving the beverage freshness and pleasant acidity. 

The type of umeshu, especially the age of the umeshu, and the type of liquor used to make the umeshu would significantly influence the flavor of your umeshu – coffee. However, the drink should be smooth and easy-drinking, like light sake. 

What foods can you pair with the umeshu – coffee

Umeshu – coffee pairs very well with Chinese food, such as vinegared pork, twice-cooked meats, shrimp chili, kung pao vegetables, kung pao chicken, spicy noodles, and many more. Often, people may find umeshu too sweet to have with their meals. However, mixing the umeshu with black coffee reduces the sweetness and adds a whole new dimension to the flavor. 

The next time you make some Chinese food, pair it with some umeshu – coffee and enjoy a delicious meal. Or mix your coffee with umeshu and enjoy a refreshing new chilled beverage.

About Umeshu Lovers

Made with the finest ume plums from Japan, Umeshu is an apéritif with a sweet-sour flavour.  

Known commonly as “Japanese Plum Wine”, Umeshu is among the most well-known alcoholic beverages in Japan and is slowly gaining popularity worldwide.  

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