Recently I came back home after 2.5 weeks of Bali. So many special moments, pictures, food, sunsets…. At home I like to try to recreate recipes that I have enjoyed to make the memories somewhat more tangible. This Jamu tonic is an exmaple of that.
At the moment I have to edit about 2.500 pictures, but I’ll hopefully soon share more about my Bali trip here. What I do want to share today is this tonic recipe that is quite populair in Bali. It’s called Jamu, Jamu Juice or Jamu Tonic. It all comes down tot the same. Jamu is a traditional Indonesian herbal drink to promote inner health and beauty. The recipe is quite simple and has been passed down from generation to generation. I was told that Balinese women drink this about 3 times per week to boost the condition of their skin.
While we are sipping here on shots and little tonics with turmeric and ginger, people in Bali are tossing back full glasses of Jamu.
This reminded me of the last season of Chef’s Table, in which former New York pastry chef Will Goldfarb settles down in Indonesia (Bali). Every morning he enjoys a warm mug (no little shots) of Jamu first thing in the morning. Locals swear by this as it seems to work wonders in promoting the own healing ability of the body.
In Indonesia there are many varieties of this herbal Jamu tonic. The traditional Jamu tonic is made with fresh turmeric root, ginger and honey.
Jamu is quite simple to make and I would recommend to make a batch to enjoy for days to come. Since it’s so hot at the moment I created a cold Jamu tonic with lime and ice cubes, but the warm version right before bedtime is so soothing! Are you gonna give Jamu a try? I’d love to know! Leave a comment or share your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #thegreencreator
- ½ cup / about 120 ml fresh turmeric root juice ( juice from ¾ cup / about 45 gr fresh turmeric root)
- ½ cup / about 120 ml fresh ginger root root juice ( juice from ¾ cup / about 45 gr fresh ginger root)
- 6 cups / 1400 ml water
- 1 cup / 230 ml warm water
- 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut syrup or honey (for non-vegans)
- juice of 1 big lemon or lime, add more if you wish
- Slice the turmeric and ginger into small pieces (with skin) and juice. I'm using this slow juicer, but any juicer will do.
- Add a little bit of the water in this recipe to the juicer to extract more of the juice if necessary (it can get stuck).
- Place the juice in a jar.
- Add the sweetener to 1 cup warm water and stir to combine well. Add this to the jar. Fill the jar with water. Add in the lemon or lime juice too.
- Keep in the fridge and serve cold over ice.
- Or heat the tonic up and serve it warm.
You could use a blender instead of a juicer. Make sure to use a cheese cloth or nut milk bag after blending to make this juice smooth without pieces.