A very generous co-worker of mine showed up with a cool gift out of the blue for me this week. She came over to my desk with a paper bag filled with unripened plums, rock sugar and a large glass jar. By layering the plums and sugar in the container and filling it with white liquor, we can make our own umeshu (oo-may-shoo), or Japanese plum liquor. This is a drink that Joe and I both took a shine to during work parties, so we were pretty excited to get this gift.
We put the concoction together tonight. Now we just have to wait around six months or so to enjoy it. As they say, good things come to those who wait.