Jamu Juice (Turmeric Ginger Drink)


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Jamu juice is a traditional Indonesian herbal drink that keeps your body refreshed and balanced. It’s a simple blend of fresh turmeric, ginger, lemon, water, and sweetened with a bit of honey. Serve it chilled or warmed up for the perfect immunity booster this season.

Jamu juice poured into a glass.

What Is Jamu Juice?

It wasn’t until my trip to Indonesia that I discovered one of Bali’s hidden gem: Jamu juice. Traditionally, Jamu is an Indonesian medicine made from natural ingredients including roots, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits.

Nowadays, the most common form of Jamu is turmeric Jamu. This is an all natural, anti-inflammatory tonic that boasts tons of health and beauty benefits. And while the name sounds exotic, the ingredients are quite simple.

This recipe includes fresh turmeric and ginger, honey, a squeeze of lemon and coconut water. Yep, that’s it! But you’d be surprised at what this simple combination can do. From reducing inflammation, improving digestion, to enhancing immunity, this juice really does it all. And it’s no wonder why everyone in Bali is drinking this by the jar.

Turmeric and ginger chopped on a cutting board.

Jamu Juice Ingredients

Here’s a quick breakdown of the exact ingredients you’ll need for this recipe.

  • Fresh Turmeric and Ginger: This is a turmeric-heavy drink with a little bit of ginger added. Unlike my ginger shot recipe that’s heavy on the ginger. And for both recipes, I do recommend fresh turmeric and ginger root versus for the best benefits, though I have some substitutions listed in the recipe card below.
  • Coconut Water: I’m using coconut water for a hydrating and replenishing drink. Make sure to look for a brand with no added sugar.
  • Lemon: The juice of one lemon gives a good dose of vitamin C and helps to balance the flavors in the drink.
  • Honey: Just a little bit of honey adds a touch of natural sweetness.
  • Black Pepper – A pinch of black pepper helps to increase the bioavailability of the curcumin in the turmeric.

Things to keep in mind about some of these ingredients: 

  • You can peel or not peel the turmeric and ginger, it’s up to you. But if you do keep the skin on make sure to rinse and clean your fresh turmeric and ginger very well with hot water.
  • Be mindful that turmeric can stain! So wash your blender and chopping board immediately after using.
  • For the liquid base, you can use regular water instead of coconut water. But I’ve chosen to use coconut water to add extra electrolytes.

Benefits Of Turmeric And Ginger

Turmeric and ginger are the main ingredients in this recipe – and for good reason.


There’s no doubt that turmeric spice has taken over our food industry lately. From lattes to hearty soups, there are many ways to take advantage of its benefits if used properly. So what are those exactly?

Turmeric is most known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. And this is all thanks to its star compound: curcumin. This compound not only leads to health benefits for your skin, but can assist with visible signs of aging.


Ginger has been used in many cultures around the world for its medicinal properties. From relieving pain to soothing your digestive system, it does wonders when it comes to healing the body. And just like turmeric, ginger has a compound called gingerol which reduces inflammation, pain for chronic conditions, and so much more.

Blending the ingredients for jamu juice.

How To Make Jamu Juice

This refreshing juice comes together in just 4 easy steps. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

  1. Slice. Grab your fresh turmeric and ginger and slice it into thin pieces. Feel free to leave the skin on, but you can also peel as well.
  2. Blend. Add the turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and water to a high powered blender. Then blend for about 1 minute until it’s completely smooth.
  3. Boil. Pour the mixture into a pot and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes, then add the lemon juice and honey. Give everything a good stir.
  4. Strain. Using a fine mesh sieve, nut milk bag, or cloth, strain the mixture and pour it into a glass bottle to refrigerate.
Jamu juice in a glass storage container next to turmeric and ginger.

When And How To Drink This

Typically Jamu juice is served chilled straight out of the fridge or over ice. But, you can also warm it up a bit if you’re in a colder environment.

So when should you drink this? Well, there’s no solid time. This could be a great option to drink first thing in the morning to prime your digestion. Or you can have a small glass (serving size is about a 1/2 cup) in between meals – just not during meals since it’s very strong in flavor.

If it’s too strong or spicy for you, you can always dilute it with a bit more water as well.

Jamu juice in two glass storage containers.

How Long Does This Last?

Jamu juice should last about 1 week in the fridge. Just make sure to store it in an airtight jar and give it a good stir or shake before serving.

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A single glass of jamu juice.

Jamu Juice (Turmeric Ginger Drink)

4.96 from 66 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Inspired by an Indonesian natural remedy "Jamu", this turmeric ginger boost is the perfect anti-inflammatory drink. Watch how I make it in the video below!



  • 125 grams fresh turmeric, approximately 1 cup roughly chopped
  • 20 grams fresh ginger, approximately 1 finger sized piece
  • 4 cups coconut water
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or other sweetener
  • a pinch of black pepper (optional)


  • Slice the turmeric and ginger into thin disks. Feel free to leave the skin on.
  • Add the turmeric, ginger, black pepper and coconut water into a blender. Blend on high speed for about a minute, until it's a smooth mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into a pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Then add the lemon juice and honey, and give everything a good stir.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, nut milk bag or muslin cloth. Then pour into a glass bottle or jar and refrigerate. Enjoy chilled or warm.

Lisa’s Tips

  • If you like my storage containers, they’re these juice jars and glass bottle.
  • While I think this recipe is best with fresh turmeric, you can always try it with powdered turmeric. Usually 1/3 cup of powdered turmeric equals 1 cup of fresh turmeric.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 7mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indonesian
Keyword: Ginger Turmeric Boost, How To Make Jamu Juice, Jamu Juice, turmeric drink
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  1. I haven’t made this yet but I want to. Is it only for when you’re sick to help you get better? Or whenever to help your immune system?

  2. I found your recipe after Googling “Turmeric and Ginger Tea.” I made it last night, fridged it, and drank some today. I made it exactly as instructed. It’s amazing! I think I will continue to make it weekly. I bought some 4oz bottles from Amazon. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  3. I have been loving the recipe, I actually didn’t strain it as I don’t mind the pulp. I do have a question about the amount of turmeric, is this a safe amount to consume a half cup daily? I see online it’s being recommended to have 500-2000mg (capsules) but I think this recipe works out as 6g daily…. Is it because we cook it it’s ok? Sorry for such a technical question but I’m struggling to find answers online.5 stars

    1. It’s hard to say as everyone’s body is different. But normally I suggest consuming things in moderation and doing what’s comfortable for you!

  4. The Ginger Turmeric drink how many glasses a day can you drink you say half glass after meals but how often??? in a day.

  5. This is so good, even without sweetener! I’ve been looking for an easy way to have ginger and turmeric every morning as it really helps with inflammation (plus loads of other health benefits these roots carry!) that I notice every time I get them in! I’ve started saving the pulp too and add to salads (mixes into made a flavorful dressing!) and smoothies.5 stars

  6. Hello and thanks for an easy and tasty jamu juice recipe. I’m curious what you do with the leftover pulp? I used my juicer to extract the juice from the turmeric and ginger and have about one cup of pulp leftover. Since turmeric is such a powerhouse, I thought there must be other delicious ways to use the pulp.5 stars

  7. Love this recipe! I have a Breville juicer so I run the turmeric, ginger and lemon through the juicer then add that to the pot of coconut water and simmer with a cinnamon stick stirring in the honey at the end. The cinnamon gives it a nice extra spice. Thinking of sweetening the next batch with an apple or two.

  8. I have been making the jambu juice this week on my third batch. I am wondering with all the goodness that I strain from the liquid if there is anything we can make with it? Muffins, bars? Its seems a waste to throw out.5 stars

  9. Can you use pineapple juice instead of coconut water! Can this be frozen into ice cubes to last longer?

  10. My husband actually asked me to make this a staple. I only used two large rhizomes of turmeric because it’s expensive in my area and I’d like to keep making it. I haven’t been able to get it to grow too well here either yet. I ended up deciding to stretch it with pineapple juice by blending a whole pineapple in my vitamix and adding it to the cooled pot to add more liquid and help separate the pineapple pulp from the juice. When I strained it, there wasn’t a lot of pulp left behind (yay vitamix) and it perfectly filled a half gallon jar. It ended up being too sweet because I had already added honey before deciding to add the pineapple, so I fill my glass about 4 oz of this Jamu juice and fill the rest of my glass with soda water from my soda stream and it’s a beautiful cocktail! I like to enjoy it during or after dinner, and in the morning I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel. Highly recommend you give this a try! Maybe ice pops would be great for this recipe too. 5 stars

  11. We made it and liked it, thank you!   Just wondering why we heat it? Seems like we loose nutrients? Also, do we need to strain? 


    1. This was how it was made when I was in Bali! So, I’m assuming they boiled it for a reason to help meld the flavors and ingredients together :)

    2. Cooking turmeric, especially with the black pepper, actually makes it more bioavailable, this is also why you’re supposed to cook golden milk or cook golden milk paste before storing. 

  12. I accidently bought canned coconut milk instead of coconut water. Do you think i can use milk instead?

  13. absolutely amazing does anybody have any suggestions of what to do with the pulp? It is so good I would hate to waste it. Thank you for this recipe.5 stars

    1. One thing you could do is freeze portions of the pulp,( Tablespoon measurement maybe). You can then add It to stirfry, curry, smoothies et cetera

  14. It’s definitely an acquired taste but on my second batch. I notice it does make a huge difference in how I feel. Thank you so much for this recipe.5 stars

  15. I’ve made this a few times, realized I can’t be without it! Once it was bitter, old turmeric that grocery store had, never again. Easier for me to peel ginger and turmeric, then the straining process is simple. Pour 4oz, add 4oz coconut water, yum!! My knees and I Thank-you for bringing this magical drink into our lives!!!5 stars

  16. I made this juice for the first time and was quite surprised. I loved the taste. I’ve had it warm and chilled. Chilled was a real winner. I just followed your recipe and didn’t add anything extra. Thank you for introducing me to this juice. I’m hooked.5 stars

  17. Wow! I just made this for the first time and it’s blowing my mind!! I would drink this all day long! It is so delicious! I added a little coconut milk or oat milk for serving, for a creamy dreamy treat. I’m hooked! PS. Do you use a straw to avoid teeth staining?5 stars

  18. So
    My question is ….
    I’ve made something very similar to this 
    Why do you boil this – won’t that kill the nutritional  value 
    I make it, strain it, done 

  19. This is a wonderful juice. I was wondering can the grain that was left over in the bag can be use to add to a rice dish or a stew, I feel like I could do something with the grains. 5 stars

  20. The grains from that was left in the bag, can you use them in a dish, like add some to rice or add to a stew?

    1. Hey not sure if anybody’s tried it yet, but for all those that were asking what you can do with the leftover pulp: I just threw a couple spoonfuls into my curry this evening (Added it right along with the curry paste) and it turned out great! I’ll probably freeze the rest to use later.5 stars

  21. Could I make this without a high powered blender or food processor? I have a chopper and a low powered blender.

    1. You might be able to make this in a low powered blender. Just make sure to blend everything long enough until it’s smooth.

    1. When I had this in Bali, I was taught to blend it up first to make sure the turmeric and ginger pieces are fully infused.

      1. Yes! I have measurements for powdered turmeric written in the recipe notes :)

    1. Great, I think I will try out this juice, I hope my hip and joints pains will be taken care. Thank you so much. It’s quite simple to make with ingredients readily available in the kitchen.

  22. If one is using freshly powdered turmeric and ginger (dehydrated fresh ginger and turmeric) is it necessary to boil the powder with water etc to then chill and drink or can you still get the benefits of the jamu juice if not boiled first or does boiling the spices release the ‘right’ things to give one the health benefits


    1. There are conversions for powdered turmeric in the recipe notes. But, I would still boil it with the ginger.

  23. Excellent and easy to make. In a matter of days my arthritis is not so painful, no muscle spasms, no heartburn nor headaches!!
    You must try this!!
    😃5 stars

  24. Interesting view and would like to try them soon.healthy just like it’s seen without any doubt.Godbless you more for your creative ideas

  25. If this only last a week in the fridge and you drink a single 1/2 cup a day? Is there anyway to store it so it doesn’t go to waste? Should you drink more than that a day? I made this tonight and excited to see if this helps with my heartburn!5 stars