In Korea, summer is the best season for making the plum wine.
Korea has a number of traditional fruit wines, produced by combining fruits or berries with alcohol. Podoju (포도주, 葡萄酒) is made from rice wine that is mixed with grapes. The most popular fruit wines are made from maesil plums (such wine called maesilju, mae hwa su, mae chui soon, or Seol Joong Mae), bokbunja (복분자, Korean black raspberries, Rubus coreanus Miquel, 15% alcohol)
Plum liquor, also known as "plum wine", is popular in both Japan and Korea, and is also produced in China. In China, plum wine is called meijiu (梅酒).
Umeshu (梅酒) is a Japanese alcoholic drink made by steeping green plums in shōchū (燒酎; clear liquor). It is sweet and smooth.
A similar liquor in Korea, called maesil ju (매실주), is marketed under various brand names, including Mae Hwa Su, Mae Chui Soon, and Seol Joong Mae. Both the Japanese and Korean varieties of plum liquor are available with whole Prunus mume fruits contained in the bottle.
Fruit wines are fermented alcoholic beverages made from a variety of base ingredients (other than grapes); they may also have additional flavors taken from fruits, flowers, and herbs.
Fruit wines have traditionally been popular with home winemakers and in areas with cool climates.
Fruit wines are usually referred to by their main ingredient (e.g., plum wine or elderberry wine) because the usual definition of wine states that it is made from fermented grape juice.
Prunus mume is an Asian tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus. Its common names include Chinese plum and Japanese apricot. The flower is usually called plum blossom. This distinct tree species is related to both the plum and apricot trees. Although generally referred to as a plum in English, it is more closely related to the apricot.
The fruit of the tree is used in Chinese, Japanese and Korean cooking in juices, as a flavouring for alcohol, as a pickle and in sauces. It is also used in traditional medicine.
The tree's flowering in late winter and early spring is highly regarded as a seasonal symbol
Wash and drain the plums. Place the plums in a container and pour in the Korean soju...
Chinese plum 5 kg
Korean Soju ( 25%, 30%) 10 L
1. Wash and drain the Chinese plum. Place the plums in a glass container, pour in the Korean Soju. Keep it for at least 3 months or more, the longer the better.
2. After 3 months or more, remove the plums and you may drink it...
梅 (매실) 5 kg
烧酒 （소주，25%，30% ) 10 Ｌ
1. 将梅洗干净，濾乾水份，放入玻璃容器里，将瓶盖盖好，密封 3 个月以上
（p/s ： 将梅洗干净后，用牙签在果实上插洞，或用刀将果实切片后，才放入玻璃容器里，釀出来的梅酒，味道会更好 ）