Plum Wine “Umeshu”

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2 ¼ lbs unripe ume plums (from Satsuma Plum tree)
3 2lbs rock sugar
7 ½ cups shochu alcohol (35% alcohol)

Wash the ume plums and remove the black bits from the plums using a bamboo stick. Dry the plums with a towel. Wash a large glass jar well and allow to dry in the sun. Place the plums in the jar. Put rock sugar over the plums. Pour the shochu into the jar. Seal the jar and store it in a dark, cool place for three months. The plum wine is best consumed after one year. Do not drink this if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or while breastfeeding.
Serve with ice.

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