Jamu Indonesian Turmeric Ginger Drink
Jamu Indonesian Turmeric Ginger Drink

Jamu is a traditional Indonesian medicine made from roots, herbs, flowers, bark and spices. This version is one of the most popular and contains turmeric, ginger, honey and lime. Drink it for the health benefits or just because it’s delicious.

Jamu is traditional Indonesian medicine that uses natural ingredients such as roots, herbs and spices.

It has been practiced in Indonesia for centuries to maintain health and treat disease. While there are hundreds of combinations, this version is made with fresh turmeric, ginger, lime and honey.

As a visitor to Bali, Indonesia, I’ve experienced Jamu in a variety of ways, but this bright orange, turmeric-based Jamu seemed to be the most common.

I’ve seen it in markets, restaurants and hotels. I had the pleasure of staying in family run accommodations that offered cooking classes and tutorials on various Indonesian ingredients. There I learned more about this wonderfully invigorating drink.

Traveling around Bali for the next six weeks I couldn’t get enough of this drink and couldn’t wait to get home and try it. Whether you drink it for the health benefits or for the tangy, refreshing taste, you’ll always want to have a serving on hand.

How to make Jamu

Boil fresh turmeric and ginger in water to enhance extraction, then add the lime juice and honey before straining and cooling. I love the punchy flavor in this recipe, but you can also treat it as a concentrate and dilute with additional water if you like.

  • It will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
  • While this drink is typically served cold, you can also drink it as a hot tea.

How does Jamu taste?

The flavor of this Jamu recipe is deliciously strong. Turmeric gives it its spicy earthiness, ginger its spiciness, lime juice brings a certain tartness and honey rounds it off with a hint of sweetness.

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is a root of the ginger family, originally from South Asia. Underneath its thin brown skin, turmeric is a bright orange-yellow. It is this color that gives turmeric its distinctive hue to curry powder. And it colors! So be careful when handling it.

Turmeric is hailed for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, among other health benefits, thanks to a chemical compound it contains called curcumin.

Studies have shown that you can increase your intake of this compound by adding black pepper, which is why you often see them together. Feel free to add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper to your jamu!

  • You can find fresh turmeric in the produce section of the grocery store or at any Asian, Indian, or health food store.
  • Store turmeric in your refrigerator for a few weeks or in your freezer for several months.
  • If using fresh turmeric, scrub off the dirt first. The skin is not usually eaten and can be scraped off with a paring knife or a spoon. If you strain it like in this recipe, there is no need to peel it first.

Swaps and Substitutions

If you don’t have honey or want to make the jamu vegan, use agave, maple syrup, or another sweetener of your choice. No Lime? Lemon will work just as well.

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Jamu (Indonesian turmeric ginger drink)

preparation time
15 minutes

cooking time
15 minutes

total time
30 minutes

4 servings


  • 1 Cup fresh turmericcleaned and chopped

  • 1/2 Cup fresh gingercleaned and chopped

  • 4 cups water

  • 1/2 Cup honey

  • 1/4 Cup freshly squeezed lime juiceof 2-3 limes


  1. Puree turmeric and ginger

    Place turmeric, ginger and water in a blender. Mix 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.

  2. Add lime juice and honey

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

  3. Strain the mixture and refrigerate

    Pass the mixture through a fine sieve. Then pour the sifted mixture into a glass bottle or jar and refrigerate until chilled.

  4. surcharge

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

nutritional information (per serving)
257 calories
1g Fat
63g carbohydrates
4g protein
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