Umeshu, with its subtle sweet flavour, has been consumed for over a millennium in Japan. This liqueur is made from ume, an apricot-like fruit with a high concentration of citric acid. Ume are mixed with shochu and sugar and left to mature for between three months to one year. Umeï¿½s healthy properties make umeshu popular not only as a delicious drink, but also as a medicine. Ume are rich in potassium, calcium and fruit acids, which aid digestion, break down lactic acid and are said to increase the bodyï¿½s metabolic rate and reduce tiredness.