5 ingredients + no soaking 1 min prep to make this traditional Chinese Sour Plum Drink (Suanmeitang)! Healthy, budget-friendly & natural drink that soothes throat, quenches thirst, and relieves heat. Perfect delicious drink for the hot summer!
Rinse Ingredients: Rinse Wumei, Shanzha, and Gancao under cold running tap water to remove residue or dust.
Pressure Cook Sour Plum Drink: Place all ingredients (except Chinese brown sugar in pieces) in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Close lid and Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 30 minutes + 10 minutes Quick Release. Release the remaining pressure and open the lid carefully.
Filter & Sweeten: Use a strainer to filter all the ingredients. Bring the Sour Plum Drink back to a boil over medium heat. Stir and gradually put in 90 grams – 125 grams of Chinese brown sugar in pieces until desired sweetness.
Chill in Fridge: Pour the sour plum drink into a glass container, set aside and let it completely cool off. Then, chill in the fridge. You can store it in fridge for up to 3 days.
Optional - Freeze in Fridge: Pour half of the sour plum drink into a silicone mold or an ice cube tray. Set aside and let it completely cool off. Then, freeze it in the freezer. Pour the remaining plum juice into a glass container. Set aside and let it completely cool off. Then, store it in the fridge.
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