Drinks in Indonesia

Find out about Indonesia's most popular drinks...

There are a number of drinks unique to Indonesia influenced by the climate and the local plants. A few of the most popular ones are:

  • Teh (Tea): Teh manis (sweet tea) is a common household drink served hot. Popular variations include Jasmine tea and green tea (made from camellia sinensis). While usually prepared hot, an ice-cold variation is also popular. A refreshing bottled jasmine tea called Teh botol is sold alongside traditional soft drinks
  • Kopi (Coffee): Like Teh manis, Indonesian households often serve Kopi tubruk which is a hot sugary coffee. Another variation called Kopi susu is served hot with condensed milk and is the Indonesian version of CafĂ© au lait
  • Jus (Juice): Fruit juices are very popular and are often treated as desserts. Ingredients such as oranges, guava, mango, jackfruit, papaya, logan, avocado, coconut, seaweed, red kidney beans and melon are combined with condensed milk, chocolate syrup and/or ice to create treats

Other hot drinks include bajigur and bandrek which combine coconut with spices, sekoteng and wedang jahe which are ginger-based drinks, and wedang ronde which contains sweet potato balls.

Wine and other alcoholic beverages are not very popular in Indonesia as it is predominantly a Muslim country. However, in certain areas tuak (a palm wine), ciu (Chinese wine), brem bali (rice wine) and various local brands of beer can be found.

There are very few wineries in Indonesia, however, in Bali there are a number of vineyards on the north coast. They generally produce natural wines without colouring or flavouring and made from local grapes.