August 29th, 2018 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Adrenals, Recipes, Teas, Drinks & Tonics | Tagged ,

Jamu Shot and Spritzer – A Woman’s Tonic

Have you heard of jamu?

I first tried jamu many years ago in Bali.

Normally served after a massage or spa treatment, jamu brings a truly healing finish; moving the massage from great to heavenly.

Growing up in South East Asia (I lived in tropical Malaysia for 17 years), jamu (and its many variations) was to me what warm milk and honey was to you – a pick-me-up, cure-all kind of drink.

  • You can drink it with the onset of a cold.
  • When having a tummy ache.
  • When bowels aren’t moving as they should.
  • When you are cold.
  • When hot flashes take over.

It’s simple and it only takes a few minutes to make.

Jamu is a traditional herbal drink originating from Java, an Indonesian island. Sold at every market and many street corners, jamu is a true pick-me-up, boosting tonic.

Small but frequent amounts will go a long way to keep a person healthy.

Here is a short video I showed on FB Live how to make it.


The key healing ingredients are:

Turmeric root (fresh or dried) – anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, relieves arthritis pain. Can help digestive problems including IBS, h.pylori and stomach ulcers. You can easily get it at your local health store, many of them are selling fresh root now.

Ginger root (fresh or dried) – anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, stimulates digestion, relieves pain associated with PMS, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Can lessen hot flashes and night sweats.  

Lemon or lime juice: alkalizing, rejuvenating, uplifting, toning; peel: liver detoxifying, antimicrobial, antiviral.

Honey – antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, boosts the immune system, high in beneficial enzymes. Most medicinal honey is local (to you) and raw.

Tamarind – it’s optional and not used in this recipe but if you have access to a Mexican or Indian grocery store, add a handful of tamarind paste (without the seeds) and follow the rest of the recipe instructions.

How much to drink?

Do you have a shot glass at home? That’s all you need – about 1.5 ounces, once or twice per day.

When and how to drink it?

It might be a great drink first thing in the morning to prime your digestion for the food you will be eating – by stimulating enzymatic release. But, it can be intense so go slow! If you feel a tummy burn, have it at the end of a meal, or in-between meals. I also love it served with some sparkling water after a meal.

How long does it keep?

I would typically make it for a week’s worth and keep it in the fridge.

Video Demo

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Jamu Shot and Spritzer - A Woman's Tonic
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Jamu can either be enjoyed as a shot at breakfast, or mixed with carbonated mineral water for a nice evening spritzer.
Serves: 4 cups
  • ½ cup sliced dried turmeric (or fresh, if you have access to it)
  • ½ cup sliced ginger
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1-3 teaspoons honey
  • Carbonated mineral water for serving
  • Orange slices for serving
How To Make
  1. Combine the ginger and turmeric in a blender along with the water. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add turmeric-ginger mixture to the pot and bring to a simmer. Once it simmers, turn down the heat to the lowest possible and let the mixture simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes before straining it into the jar. Stir in the lime juice and the honey. Adding more honey if you prefer things on the sweeter side. Let the mixture cool completely before storing in the refrigerator.
  4. To drink as a shot, just add 2-3 tablespoons to a glass and enjoy. To make a spritzer, add 2-3 tablespoons to a large glass along with a few orange slices and ice. Top with carbonated mineral water.
Equipment: blender, stainless steel pot, and a large tempered glass jar (like a mason jar)
Storage Instructions: The jamu can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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52 Comments to Jamu Shot and Spritzer – A Woman’s Tonic

      • So, for this recipe, which calls for 1/2 C fresh/dried turmeric – how much exactly does that translate to, if one is using turmeric powder? Or is the dried turmeric mentioned in the recipe equivalent to turmeric powder? Thank you!

        • Hi Joan,

          Please check out the second video demo on this page this recipe). 1 tablespoon.of dried turmeric powder. is used ~Deanna HB Team

    • Hi Melinda,

      There is a short video demo (the second video in this recipe). It looks like 1 tablespoon.of dried turmeric powder. ~Deanna HB Team

    • hi Joju, this is optional, and the directions say “add a handful of tamarind paste (without the seeds) and follow the rest of the recipe instructions.” So add in with ginger and turmeric. ~ Jen HB Support

  1. I always remove the outer “peel” from ginger and turmeric. Your photo shows the peel left on. Is it necessary to shave off the peel?

    • Another recipe says leave the peel on. I assume since it’s being slightly cooked and strained at the end anyway it is not necessary to remove it first!

    • HI Carol, not necessary to take it off, just personal preference. ~ Jen HB Support

  2. I’ve had this before but the mixture was not heated/cooked on the stove. Is it better to cook it or leave it fresh? Are there additional benefits added by cooking it?

    • You could try it either way Michelle, I think warming them will make them meld together more so into the tonic. ~Jen HB support

  3. Mike Adams, heavy metals specialist, says that most tumeric has lead and cadmium. I’m afraid of it yet I know it’s good. What to do?

  4. This looks fantastic ! Curious as to why lime is chosen over lemon? Would subbing lemon alter the desired beneficial effect of the jamu?

    ~ thank you, jean

  5. Like Shelly, I have had this mixture raw, and was wondering the same, does it need to be heated/cooked?

    Is there a benefit to it verses the raw?

    • Hi Elle,

      Heating it does make it easier to digest. If you prefer it raw and do well…that is fine too ~Deanna HB Team

  6. I am disappointed you didnt add black pepper to your recipe.But it sounds really yummy.

  7. I thought black pepper is supposed to be used with turmeric to help derive the benefits from it???

    • Hi Annie,

      You are welcome to add black pepper if you would prefer 🙂 ~Deanna HB Team

    • Hi Paula,

      You can modify this to add a healthy fat and black pepper if you like. This is Magdalena’s version. ~Deanna HB Team

  8. I accidentally let my mixture boil!!! It changed to a really dark color!! Is it now a waste or can I still use it? I’m letting it simmer now… but I’m not sure if that means anything now since I let it reach a rolling boil☹️

    • Hi Denise,

      I do not think it would harm anything but the mixture may have lost some of the benefits. ~Deanna HB Team

  9. I’m using turmeric powder, how much is the equivalent to the 1/2 cup. Is turmeric powder the same as ground turmeric?

    • Our focus in this article is on the health benefits for women. However, this tonic can be great for men as well.

      Healthy regards,
      HB Team

  10. Hi, this recipe is exactly what I need. I have a juicer but all the other videos I’ve seen all use a blender. So thanks for sharing. I heard you say that you are going to herbal school. That’s what I wanna do. Do you mind sharing with me what school you are attending?

    • Hey Carolyn,
      Thank you for your comment. Certainly! Please check out the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. However, if you aren’t in CO, you can look at online programs or one for your specific state by looking at the American Herbalist Guild. They recommend the best schools for herbology. Hope this helps!
      Healthy Regards,
      HB Team

  11. How would I prepare this without simmering? I’ve been drinking 2/daily for nearly a year now and I’m looking to reap more benefits from it. Specifically, cognitive and/or skin benefits.

    • Hi Lisa,
      You could absolutely do this recipe without simmering. The simmering is used to increase the active compounds content in the drink and just makes for a stronger, more power packed beverage. This is not to say that without simmering you would not get benefits, only that with simmering the active compounds would be more concentrated.
      ~HB Team

  12. Hi Toni, straining the mixture while help to remove the sliced turmeric and ginger. If that doesn’t bother you, I don’t see a problem with not straining it! ~HB Support

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