‘Umeshu’ is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping unripe Ume fruits (similar to apricot) in strong alcohol, such as Shōchū, with Sugar. It has quite high alcohol content. Believe or not, I was allowed to drink it when I was a child. It was mixed with plenty of icy cold water, though.  This jelly is very alcoholic and only for grown-ups. ‘Umeshu’ can be replaced with other fruit liqueur.


4 Servings


1 tablespoon Gelatine Powder *10 to 12g
200ml ‘Umeshu’ *can be replaced with other fruit liqueur
400ml Water
4 tablespoons Sugar

  1. Sprinkle Gelatine powder into 2 tablespoons of cold water and let it soak for a while.
  2. Heat Water and Sugar in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Remove from heat and add soaked gelatine and dissolve it well.
  3. Add ‘Umeshu’ and mix well. Pour it into serving glasses and cool to set. *Note: Today I added the Ume fruit as well.
  4. The jelly is very alcoholic, only for grown-ups.
  5. *Tips: If you like stronger ‘Umeshu’ flavour, reduce the amount of Water and add more ‘Umeshu’.