Fresh ‘Trashy’ Drink?

On a recent trip to Jogjakarta, Indonesia, a local backpacker friend invited me to his book launch and during the event he introduced me to a drink that used to be enjoyed by royal families of the ancient kingdom of Mataram.

“But beware, the name doesn’t sound very inviting.”

“Why is that?”

“Because it’s ‘trashy drink’.

???

Wedang Uwuh, or literally ‘Trash Drink’, is a traditional drink in which the ingredients are cut and boiled to extract the flavors and nutrients. The main composition of the ingredients is ginger, sappanwood, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and some other spices processed to create a tea-like appearance but in red color. Looking at the teapot, it really looks like a bunch of fallen leafs & wood taken right from your backyard and put into it. Here’s the presentation:

A pot of Wedang Uwuh, accompanied by lump sugar to add some sweetness

A pot of Wedang Uwuh, accompanied by lump sugar to add some sweetness

I still couldn’t see the difference. So he poured a glass for me:

Aaah now I see it. The red color looks like strawberry syrup or something, doesn't it?

Aaah now I see it. The red color looks like strawberry syrup or something, doesn’t it?

The taste? Very hot and refreshing. The ginger taste hit the wall of my gum instantly, followed by the sweetness of the cinnamon and other fragrances of the spices. But it was also bitter and sour combined, so I simply dumped the lump sugar into the glass. 😀

Inside the teapot, you can see all the ingredients.

Inside the teapot, you can see all the ingredients.

Up & close, it does look like trash, doesn't it?

Up & close, it does look like trash, doesn’t it?

So that was my first experience of Wedang Uwuh. You cannot compare it to any cold drink, but the warmth of the spices sends relaxing signals to your brain and helps you cool down to enjoy the afternoon, slightly releasing the tension from your rusty backpack. That is how I define FRESHNESS. 😀

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16 responses to “Fresh ‘Trashy’ Drink?

  1. I think I’d love to have it because the intro you put to it plus it’s bright, red color is so refreshing!
    Love the photos and overall the creative entry for the challenge. 🙂

  2. Tampilannya sangat unik….
    It looks Unique and interesting colors reveal after…
    this Wedang Uwuh must be health and has some goods to our body… ^___^
    this is a cool posting.

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