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Relax Choya

Relax Choya
Relax Choya : 60% Green Tea, 40% Choya
(name & portions as printed on Choya bottles)

This is my first alcoholic drink recipe featuring my favourite liqueur- Choya (Japanese plum wine). My love affair with Choya started when my good friend Shin introduced us to it when we were in uni. It was a girls’ night out at Shin’s home, and she whipped out a bottle of Choya in the middle of the night to treat us. Unlike most alcoholic drinks, Choya tastes sweet and not very “alcoholic”, but do not be misled by its unintimidating taste and drink like some soda water, because the alcoholic content is 15%. You have been warned, ok? So how about diluting it with some green tea to make ‘Relax Choya’? Since wine is so expensive in Singapore, this is a great way to ration it too :p

Relax Choya

(makes 1 glass)

– Concentrated green tea: 2 tsp green tea powder dissolved in 60ml hot water
(note: you can use green tea bag if you do not have green tea powder)
– 40ml Choya (梅酒)
– 1 to 2 Choya plums
– Ice cubes
– Green tea powder, for garnishing (optional)


1. In a small glass, add the Choya plums, ice cubes, green tea and choya. Stir well. Sprinkle some green tea powder as garnishing if desired. That’s it! Enjoy!

(I like to enjoy my Relax Choya by taking 2 big sips, then wait for the ice to melt, stir and drink the milder last bits)


1. Instead of brewing the green tea, you can use canned sugarless green tea for convenience.
2. Psst… do you know that you can buy Choya really cheaply in Japan’s airports? There is a duty-free shop in Tokyo Narita Airport called “Tax-Free Akihabara”, where Choya (among other Japanese products & wines) are sold really cheaply. I got this bottle for less than S$15!

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19 Responses to “Relax Choya”

  1. Pearlyn — March 12, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

    lol….btw where to get choya plums ?Do you used the plums from the choya wine bottle ? I would like to try this refreshing recipe but not sure where to buy the plums… pls advise :D


  2. wiffy — March 12, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

    Hi Pearlyn, yes! I used the plums from the choya wine bottle :-)


  3. jacque — April 17, 2009 @ 11:36 am


    great post.

    Just a note, in case you are unaware… Choya is the brand, another famous one is Takara. but the wine is actually Umeshu – Plum wine.

    I love it on the rocks!!! :p


    • wiffy replied: — April 17th, 2009 @ 11:38 am

      Hi jacque, thanks for the info :-) I luv it on the rocks too, but sometimes got to ration it, hee


  4. Nicolas — July 24, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    Hi All,
    This is a very nice article and as most others here I also love Umeshu. There are two large industrial makers in Japan Choya and Takara. Their Umeshu is rather sweet and based on white liqueur (industrial alcohol without own flavor).

    However, there are more than 300 private labels in Japan. Umeshu can be made based on Sake, Shochu, Brandy or white liqueur. Depending on the alcohol base as well as the mix of other ingredients such as sugar, honey, brown sugar, green tea, ginger, etc. you get very different result.

    These Umeshu range from sour to sweet or from smooth to bitter. Colors can be white or very intense. I am so fascinated by all these private labels that I started collecting more information about this. Please feel free to click on my name to check my portal on private Umeshu labels.

    Let’s have fun drinking umeshu.


    • Ken replied: — May 23rd, 2011 @ 1:48 am

      I recently was given a bottle of Choya ume liquer. We opened it last night and enjoyed the taste. I was wondering if it keeps very long once opened. Also, does it, after opened need to be kept in the refrigerator.




      • wiffy replied: — May 25th, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

        Hi Ken, sorry for my late reply. I refrigerate mine for quite a long time after opening.

  5. freddie — July 29, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

    was trying to figure out how to drink Choya, Lots of input… will get back if I get a nice kick