Indonesia: DIY Cocktails to Raise Your Spirits

Give yourself a boost by making the signature libations from these three hotel bars in Bali and Jakarta.

Keraton Lounge at Keraton at The Plaza

Located in the grand lobby of its namesake hotel in downtown Jakarta, the 40-seater Keraton Lounge invites diners to sample high tea during the day, and a diverse range of classic cocktails, wines, and locally inspired drinks by night. High-tea enthusiasts can pick from five different menus, ranging from traditional Indonesian to a chocolate set, while cocktail connoisseurs should try the hotel’s inspired take on the Old Fashioned. This inventive tipple harnesses the delicate flavor of the pohpohan plant, whose crisp leaves are a popular ingredient for fresh salads across Java.

 

A glass of Keraton at the Plaza’s Pasundan Fashioned cocktail.

Pasundan Fashioned

Ingredients

  • 3 Pohpohan leaves
  • 1 cm Beetroot
  • 45 ml Bourbon
  • 22 ml Pineapple juice
  • 15 ml Honey syrup
  • 1 skewer Black jelly

Method

  1. Blend beetroot and two pohpohan leaves into a smooth mixture.
  2. Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain twice, and serve in an old-fashioned glass.
  3. Add skewer of black jelly on top, then garnish with a pohpohan leaf.

 

Tree Bar at Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach

Located right on the golden sands of Mesari Beach, Hotel Indigo Bali’s Tree Bar is an inviting semi-outdoor space that offers organic drinks and light, healthy fare by day and chic cocktails by night. The resort has hired its own “Balixologist,” infusing libations with locally grown herbs, spices, greens, and tropical fruits to bring a dose of Balinese flair to the drinks menu. Sip on tropical delights such as the Laklak Swizzle: a blend of Bacardi rum–infused pandan, spiced arak liquor, pineapple juice, coconut nectar, lime juice, and soda water; or Kopi Sik Luh, which uses turmeric and house-brewed coffee for a Bali-inspired version of the Espresso Martini. One of Tree Bar’s signatures—and undoubtedly one of its more theatrical creations—is the Ginger N Rose cocktail, whose recipe is shown here.

 

Ginger N Rose will still taste the same even without the fancy glassware.

Ginger N Rose

Ingredients

  • 45 ml ginger-infused arak
  • 15 ml triple sec
  • 45 ml butterfly pea flower infusion
  • 20 ml homemade ginger syrup
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • Lemon slice and charred rosemary sprig

Method

  1. Except for the lemon juice, add all ingredients to a shaker full of ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with the lemon slice and charred rosemary.
  3. Serve with lemon juice on the side, then pour the juice slowly into the cocktail to change its color from blue to purple.

 

Space Champagne & Caviar at Luna2 Studiotel

At Seminyak’s retro-chic Luna2, the rooftop Space bar was designed in line with the rest of the hotel’s Space Age style: think themed cocktails created by Helmut Roessler shaken in rocket-shaped mixers and a replica NASA spacesuit that greets guests after they’ve made their four-floor ascent to the open-air patio. But the real draws here are the intimate size, selection of fine champagnes, and imported oysters and caviar—and, of course, the views over Seminyak Beach at sunset.

 

Luna2 Studiotel’s Houston, We Have a Problem comes in a bespoke martini glass.

Houston, We Have a Problem

Ingredients

  • 45 ml Belvedere vodka
  • 20 ml Malibu rum
  • 20 ml Vermouth bianco
  • 10 ml lime juice
  • 30 ml pineapple juice
  • Pineapple leaf, for garnish

 

Method

  1. Pour all of the ingredients (except for the garnish) into a cocktail shaker, and shake well.
  2. Double strain the mixture into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with the pineapple leaf.
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