SOUVENIRS OF FLORES
No fancy malls or boutiques on Flores. It doesn't have the huge collections of woodcarvings or paintings like on Bali. Still there are some nice things to take home.
* To clear misunderstandings about moke (arrack).
The last few years the consumption and processing of arrack is frequently in the headlines. People have died after the consumption of arrack on Bali, Jawa and Sumatera (including tourists). In my opinion moke on Flores is safe to drink and besides that also a delight to drink. It is pure without additions. Keep in mind that moke on Flores is part of the tradition and always a good suggestion to make friends.
However, there are differences in taste and quality. Moke from Larantuka (actually from Adonara), Aimere and Boba is
much appreciated. The one I bought near Labuan Bajo in October 2016 didn't taste good but in earlier years it was ok. There are four types, the original one with 6% alcohol, then three other ones
with 20%, 40% (bm=bakar nyala) and 50% (super bm) alcohol. The 40% is nice to mix with orange juice, or on the rocks with lemon and honey. (the so-called arrack attack)
No need to worry about moke on Flores. Enjoy.
A local recipe of an arrack cocktail:
- moke (arrack)
- lemon juice
- basil leaves (kemangi)
- salt ...
No ratio, just mix as you prefer. Cheers!