Jamu Juice (Turmeric Ginger Drink)

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.

Jamu Recipe Video

Want to see how I make this recipe? Watch the video below!

Jamu Juice Ingredients

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

  • Fresh Turmeric – 125 grams
  • Fresh Ginger – 20 grams
  • Black Pepper – a pinch
  • Lemon – 2 tablespoons
  • Honey – 2 tablespoons (or other sweetener)
  • Coconut Water – 4 cups

Things to keep in mind about some of these ingredients: 

  • Make sure to rinse and clean your fresh turmeric and ginger with hot water as you won’t be peeling the skin off.
  • 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.

Turmeric and ginger chopped on a cutting board.

Benefits Of Turmeric And Ginger

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


There’s no doubt that the turmeric spice has taken over our food industry lately. From lattes to hearty soups, there’s 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)

4.95 from 57 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
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 above!


  • 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
  • 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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246 comments on “Jamu Juice (Turmeric Ginger Drink)”

  1. Just finished making the Jamu juice and would love to know if I can add this to a smoothie for my son while maintaining the same health benefits.  It is too strong for him to drink alone.  He is 17 years old.
    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Amy – I actually have a pineapple turmeric smoothie on the website that I think your son will love! It’s almost tastes like a tropical smoothie :)

  2. Hi,

    I have discovered a similar recipe while visiting Saudi Arabia in 2020. The strong taste in Lisa’s recipe is due to a lot of turmeric. I use a much less amount of turmeric and it tastes much better. Also, good straining results in a golden yellow color semi-clear liquid that looks refreshing too.

  3. I didn’t strain mine. I just drank it like it came out.5 stars

  4. I made it. Me and my husband loves it. It’s a great drink. We drink it hot .5 stars

  5. Hi Lisa, love all of your recipes! This juice is a great one. Love the strong flavors. My only issue is that it has a stronger bitter taste. Has this ever been an issue for anyone? I used all fresh ingredients and I didn’t peel the turmeric or ginger. Is that why? Any solutions for the bitterness?
    Thanks!5 stars

  6. Love the ideas

  7. How long can I store this in the refrigerator?

  8. I love your Jamu Juice. Why do we have to boil it, then simmer it for 20 minutes? What is the purpose of simmering? Can’t it be consumed without simmering?5 stars

    • Hi Sharon – When I learned to make this in Bali we were taught to boil it, so that’s how I share the recipe. While I’m sure you could omit that step, I find it’s best to stick to traditional methods, usually for a reason. :)

  9. Fantastic recipe. Works WONDERS. Can I freeze this?5 stars

  10. I make this every week and LOVE it !!!!
    I really feel like it makes a difference in the way I feel.5 stars

  11. This is WONDERFUL. I’ve been suffering with arthritis in my big toe. Could walk, but with a lot of pain. My brother’s girlfriend shared this recipe with me. Can’t thank her enough!
    Because cooking it smells up the house,

    I cook it up in my garage or on my patio. I don’t care about the inconvenience, though. I feel SO much better!5 stars

    • Happy to hear this Jamu Juice is helping tons with your arthritis Sharon. That’s the natural power of ginger and turmeric!

  12. Hi Lisa, how do you get the tumeric stain off the Vitamix container?

    • I have a few tips on my Vitamix tips video. But the best way (after you’ve cleaned it properly with those tips), is to leave it outside in direct sunlight. The sunlight should fade the stains. Also, I recommend the stainless steel container if turmeric drinks are something they plan to make often, as it doesn’t stain.

    • When I use saying products I blend warm water with some dish soap right after I empty the blender so it doesn’t sit in the container for longer than the blending process. I have the ninja and its plastic but not staining issues as long as I use the soap blending after harsher colored products are blended Goodluck 🙃

  13. Hi, bit of a novice, how much volume wise is a cupful of the liquid? 

  14. I do not understand the scale of x1, x2, x3 . Is it the same as servings ? I want to make the Jamu juice for my personal consumption for five days and which do I apply ? Scale or servings ?

  15. is the nutritional value for the entire one week bottle? if not, that sounds like ALOT of calories for a 1/2 cup serving??? thanks- a bit confused.

    • Hi Lori – it’s somewhat hard to calculate the nutrition for the recipe, as the calculator just adds up the total ingredients. But you strain out much of the turmeric, which is accounting for a good chunk of the calories. So yes, it would be less than this.

  16. Hi,
    I would just like to ask about the boiling part. I quickly scrolled trough the comment section to see if anyone has already asked this question but couldn’t really find a complete answer. I know You’ve said it helps infuse flavour of the turmeric as well as to follow the tradition. I’ve been always thought that vitamins get killed by high heat. Which is also why the most expensive coconut water is cold pressed and the “unhealthy” variants get boiled. Same goes for all other fruits and vegetables. So I’m just a little confused about where’s the truth. Would it be healthier to just blend this drink and then consume it? Wouldn’t then all the electrolytes in the coconut water as well as the vitamins in turmeric, lime, ginger etc. stay more in tact then boiling them? 
    Forgive me please for “hijacking” Your page. Just keep getting a little confused about this one thing and would finally like to find a definitive answer. 
    Thank You for everything You’ve been doing and most of all for Your self. Stay beautiful as aways.

    • Hi Samanuel – that’s a great question and unfortunately I don’t have a definitive answer. You would have to do some research on how heat affects the vitamin levels.

    • Hi Samanuel,

      I am of south east asian descent, so drinking jamu juice is very common in our family. However, in my family, we drink it raw, but the taste is much more intense. I personally think boiling down the juice just makes it more palatable, as the jamu is often boiled down with some sort of rock sugar or honey. Probably also helps with storage as well to keep the bacteria count low. When I make it I make sure its only kept for a day or two in the fridge, or else the juice will start fermenting. 

  17. Cannot find the Jamu video link. Thanks

  18. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for the recipe. I will certainly make it! Where did you buy those glass bottles? I would like to buy some. Thanks.

  19. Lisa:
    Oh yum!!! The fresh Jamu Juice is excellent, I added 1-1/2 tablespoons of Tamrind concentrate, with lime juice and honey. Thanks for a great recipe. :)5 stars

  20. Hi Lisa. I just made your recipe and am getting ready to bottle it. What do you use the pulp for or do you toss it.

  21. Hello Lisa,
    Thank you for sharing the Jamu Juice recipe. Quick question, which is better 1 shot (1oz jigger) or as you recommended 1/2C? I’ve seen another blogger recommend 1 shot. Just trying to find out which is better. This is my first time don’t want to put put my body into shock.5 stars

    • Hi Carlos – You can maybe try out one shot and see how your body reacts first before taking 1/2 cup. But normally, 1/2 cup should be okay.

  22. I just made my second batch of this amazing juice! I sweetened mine with coconut palm sugar.
    I have to tell you that this has been a LIFE CHANGER! No more back pain, stiffness or heartburn!

    I didn’t drink it over the weekend because I was out of fresh turmeric, and WOW, I did not feel as good as I did during the week when I was drinking two shots every morning.

    Thanks so much for sharing this, it really, really has changed my life! :-)5 stars

  23. Maybe the pulp can be used as a face mask. Just be very careful as turmeric will stain! I will try it out tonight. 5 stars

  24. What can you do with the pulp?

    • I haven’t tried using the pulp yet for other recipes, but if you do, please let me know!

    • Do we take this empty stomach? Can I use honey when the prepared juice is hot on the stove, but isn’t it going take out the nutrient in honey? Little confused, hopefully, there is an answer to my confusion😊

      I want to put the coconut sugar once I get to go out of the house. Little quarantined at the moment! 

      • A small amount of nutrients is removed, but not too much. As for taking this in, it can be whenever. Just drink this in moderation

    • Hi Donna,

      I have used the pulp of this jamu as a poultice for my son’s discoid eczema. I added some honey  to it and let it sit on the eczema spots for about an hour. It dries up the open sores in two to three days ( when he was on prescription creams, the open sores would be wet and oozy for weeks!). My son also drinks the jamu for his discoid eczema and he is in remission now. 

  25. Hi is it ok if I use groung ginger and turmeric

  26. Would store-bought turmeric juice and ginger juice be acceptable? I found some made by The Juice People.

  27. Wao, i will love to make this jiuce, looks inviting but can a pregnant woman consume it?

  28. Hi Lisa, I’ve always loved turmeric drinks, however, I always bought them.  This is so easy and delicious as well as the milk!

    Can you use the pulp after you strain the juice for anything?  It seems like such a waste to throw it out.  Could you use it to make a warm milk?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Beth- I haven’t tried using the pulp for anything yet, but I’m guessing you can add it to make some sort of golden milk :)

  29. Hi Lisa, 
    Hope u are doing well. 
    I was wondering if coconut water was mandatory to make Jamu Ginger drink?

    Bisous de France

  30. This is my first time drinking turmeric and it’s wonderful. I don’t know why it took me so long to make a turmeric drink that is all natural and organic. I’m going to pass this on to my friends.5 stars

  31. Hi, why do you heat this juice first before bottling for consumption?

    • Hi Mylea – When I learned to make this in Bali we were taught to boil it, so that’s how I share the recipe. While I’m sure you could omit that step, I find it’s best to stick to traditional methods, usually for a reason. :)

  32. Jamu juice has become one of favorite juice now, I have tried it out and I loved it.5 stars

  33. I have been following you for a few weeks now, have tried quite a few recipes and have been very impressed! Thank you for all of your posts, knowledge and delicious recipes! One thing that I am having difficulties with is the video. I can not find the video on any of the recipes. Have you had anyone else with this problem and did they find a way to fix it? I like watching your videos on fb, they always help me see exactly what to do. Thank you!5 stars

    • Hi Sheri – happy to hear you’re enjoying all the content right now. For the video, make sure to turn off your ad blocker :)

  34. This is so delicious!! Thank for the recipe.5 stars

  35. I made this Jamu and it was a hit! :) My husband asked me to make more. My question is why do you need to boil? Is it okey to drink right after blending it? Thank you for the recipe! :)5 stars

    • Hi Szilvi – I’m so happy you both loved the recipe! When I learned to make this in Bali we were taught to boil it, so that’s how I share the recipe. While I’m sure you could omit that step, I find it’s best to stick to traditional methods, usually for a reason. :)

  36. I really like the idea of adding coconut water. But can coconut water be boiled? Doesn’t it lose its nutrients?

  37. I just made this drink and it tastes rather soapy. I’m not sure why. Should I add more honey perhaps?3 stars

    • Hi Daniela – that’s strange, perhaps it’s just your taste buds. Similar to how some people taste cilantro differently. But yes, you can always add a little bit more honey.

  38. Would it work to use a juicer instead of a blender for the turmeric and the ginger? Thank You!

  39. So good!! Thank you for another great recipe. I was finally able to try it out and it’s awesome! My belly has been so happy 🥰 But wondering if when you simmer this do you cover it? I don’t feel like I get as much juice as you do…a lot of it evaporates. 5 stars

  40. Just tried the recipe! Heres what I changed:
    I only had 87 grams of fresh turmeric so I added an extra teaspoon of ground turmeric.
    I didnt have coconut water so I used filtered water with a table spoon of coconut flakes.
    Instead of honey I blended in about 2 cups of fresh pineapple.
    Instead of a lemon I used a lime! Tastes amazing🏵
    I’m storing the leftover pulp in a mason jar in the fridge until I figure out what I want to do with it. I think I might add a bit of it to soups or wait until I make this juice again and add this back to the mix with either 1/2 or 1/3 or the recipe to see if I can extract more out of it!5 stars

    • Interesting use of pineapple and lime! Glad this still turned out great :) And keep us posted on what you do with the pulp, curious to see!

  41. I’m going to try this recipe out soon! My question is what do you do with the left over pulp? Do you have any second uses for it or do you just toss it?

  42. Hello! I thought I’d reassure that turmeric doesn’t stain permanently. I’m a professional dyer and even with the help of chemical assists (mordants), anything dyed with turmeric requires care (like not exposing to light) and even then it still fades. So don’t fret too much if something does come into contact with it because it’ll soon fade. 

  43. Can I drink as much as I want of this?

  44. This took me back to the juice bar in central Ubud, sipping Jamu Juice over ice and watching the people passing in their daily lives. 

    Yum! 5 stars

  45. Hi Lisa, thanks so much for posting this lovely recipe! I’ve made it 4 times now and it’s been delicious, refreshing and an amazing digestive primer in the morning. Two of the times I’ve made it, the turmeric mixture has turned a burnt orange color much darker than seen in the photos. Do you have any idea why this might happen? Google couldn’t answer 😂5 stars

  46. is there a mistake in your conversion measurements ?US standard says 20g fresh ginger and 125 g turmeric whereas metric says 72 g ginger and 118.29 g .A gram is a gram !! also metric recipe says 1tbs honey and metric says 2 tbs. Very confusing

    • Hi Annette- Thanks for pointing that out! Sometimes our metric conversions can get confused – but we just fixed it :)

  47. Why do you need to boil it? Won’t that reduce the nutritional value?

  48. If I have a hard time finding fresh turmeric, could I use ground instead and if so, how much? thank you!

    • Hi Maria- The general rule is that 1 inch fresh turmeric = 1 teaspoon ground turmeric. Hope that helps!

  49. Your Jamu is delicious so tasty !!!
    The nutrition table is per serving ?5 stars

  50. I have made purely ginger and turmeric drink today. It was taste good actually. 5 stars

    • Glad you enjoyed this Jamu juice Jene!

    • I am so grateful to have come across this recipe. I have chronic back pain and had to take a lot of pain medication to get through my day. I am drinking this juice for 2 weeks now and my pain level has gone down significantly to the point that I don’t have to take any pain medication any longer. This juice is the answer to my prayers. Thank you!

      • Wow, that’s amazing to hear Martina! Happy to hear this Jamu juice has been able to help in all sorts of ways :)