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Sour Plum Drink (Suanmeitang 冰鎮酸梅湯)

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!
Servings 2 - 4
Total Time 41 mins



  • 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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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 193kcal


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg