The title of this entry is derived from these two recent events:
Firstly, a little over two weeks ago, I consumed about a litre of umeshu, AKA plum wine (teamed with Mint Baileys, mind) in a 4 hour period at a house party. This resulted in a 12 hour hangover unlike anything I have experienced in many, many years.
Secondly, despite said hangover and the very painful day I spent in bed telling myself I was never going to drink alcohol ever again (don’t judge me, we have all been there), the very next weekend I found myself brewing my own umeshu…
Plum crazy, right?!
Apparently a rite of passage here, the brewing of umeshu is a task undertaken by many foreigners during their stay in Japan. I suspect the activity’s popularity stems from the fact it so incredibly cheap and easy to carry out. Just 3 ingredients and less than 5,000 yen is all it took to get the job done. And this is the five part process, for those of you playing at home:
2. Remove stems and wash plums (removing all damaged, over ripe ones).
Now I just have to wait a year for it to transform into the deliciously sweet beverage I have come to love. Well, at least I did love it until a few weeks ago. Patience isn’t my strongest virtue, but something tells me I’ll be able to resist the temptation to open the jar for 12 months…and hopefully by then I’ll actually be able to enjoy this concoction brewing in the back of my closet…