This signature drink of the Betawi, or Batavian, indigenous people of Jakarta, is actually not a beer. Its red color is naturally from shaved sappan wood, and its rich flavor comes from a variety of spices, neither fermentation nor alcohol.
Bring all ingredients to a boil on low heat until fragrant
Remove from heat
Strain and serve
You can replace coconut sugar with palm sugar
If you can't find the sappan wood bark, use red food-grade colorant instead