Cold drinks are life savers in summers, or in the scorching hot tropical Indonesia. No wonder Indonesia has a set of drinks that are cold, delicious and totally meant for the summertime. Depending on your preference, you can choose amongst the list of cold sweet drinks that can even pass for desserts.
Here are the choices of cold beverages in Indonesia:
Who doesn’t know es cendol? Es cendol is one of the signature Indonesian drinks made from rice flour that is served with coconut milk, brown sugar and shaved ice. Because of the fame that it has garnered, it’s easy to find in almost every province in indonesia.
Es kolak is one of the Indonesian drinks with many variants. This is because the fruit used to make es kolak can be changed according to preference. You can choose to eat either banana kolak, jackfruit, sweet potato, pumpkin, apple, and even durian. The fruit is fresh, served with coconut milk and palm sugar. Different to cendol, kolak must be boiled in the process. Kolak can be served warm, but tastes much better when mixed with ice.
Es dawet has also become a famed drink. This dessert can even be found all over Indonesia. There are two types of es dawet, which is the dawet ayu from banjarnegara dan es dawet from jepara. The only thing that differentiates both of these drinks, is that es dawet ayu uses rice flour and glutinous rice flour. This dessert is served with liquified brown sugar and can be added with jackfruit, to add flavour.
Es teler is a dessert with various toppings. Es teler is also very easily found throughout Indonesia. Es teler is usually a mix of avocado, jackfruit, mutiara, agar agar with syrup, milk and shaved ice. Sometimes, es teler is added with small pieces of bread. This dessert is very fresh due to the amount of fruits in it, especially added with ice.
Sarsaparilla lemon is a special drink that is especially drunk by royals in yogyakarta. The main reason is because the price of the drink is not cheap. Only the wealthy were the people who could drink it in the past. Sarsaparilla lemon is a carbonated drink, it taste more like soda when drunk. Other than that, the fragrance of mint in this drink makes this very healing for the throat and nose. Sarsaparilla lemon can now be drunk by everyone, as it becomes a signature drink given as gift for those who are visiting Yogyakarta.
Es doger is one of the desserts that is usually served at special occasions in Indonesia, especially the betawi area. The dessert is made from doger mixed with coconut water. As time goes on, es doger began to have additional toppings such as avocado, pacar cina to sticky rice, in order to make it taste more delicious. All of this is served with shaved ice, making this into a fresh drink that everyone likes.
Es pisang hijau
Pisang ijo or es pisang ijo is a type of dessert that originates from south Sulawesi, especially in the city of Makassar. Although it is a dessert, it is a healthy dish from the way it’s cooked and the ingredients that it uses. This drink is made with banana that is covered with a layer of flour in a green color which must be steamed. The layer of green mixture is made from flour, water, food coloring. The food coloring itself is made from water mixed with suji leaves or pandan.
When the weather is hot and humid, all anyone needs is a cool drink to refresh their mind. Especially with the heatwave that has been happening, a cool and sweet drink may be exactly what you need. Your body will be cooled down, thirst quenched and energy restored!
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