Jamu (Indonesian Turmeric Ginger Drink)

Jamu is a traditional Indonesian medicine made from roots, herbs, flowers, bark and spices. The combination of ingredients varies depending on the type of Jamu and the reason for consumption. This version is one of the most popular and includes turmeric, ginger, honey and lime. Drink it for the health benefits or just because it’s delicious.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup cleaned and chopped fresh turmeric
  • 1/2 cup cleaned and chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, from 2-3 limes


1 Blend the turmeric and ginger: Into a blender add the turmeric, ginger, and water. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan set over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so the mixture simmers for about 15 minutes.

Jamu (Indonesian Turmeric Ginger Drink) Jamu (Indonesian Turmeric Ginger Drink)

2 Add lime juice and honey: Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the honey and lime juice. Stir to combine.

Jamu (Indonesian Turmeric Ginger Drink)

3 Strain and refrigerate the mixture: Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Then pour the strained mixture into a glass bottle or jar and refrigerate until chilled.

Jamu (Indonesian Turmeric Ginger Drink) Jamu (Indonesian Turmeric Ginger Drink)

4 Serve: Enjoy this drink warm, at room temperature or cold.  You can adjust the drink by adding additional still or tonic water. Serve with or without ice.


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