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Tepache Recipe

This sweet and sour Mexican drink can be served over ice or mixed with rum or beer for a refreshing alcoholic beverage.

| May 2019

Photo by Ali Donzé Photography

 This sweet and sour beverage is often served over ice in a glass with a chile and salt rim. It’s also a great mixer and pairs perfectly with rum and mescal.

Ferment: Bacterial/Yeast
Prep: 10 minutes
Time: 2 to 3 days
Yield: 3 quarts (3l)

The pineapple base can be varied and adapted using different fruit and spice combinations. Try adding tamarind, whole sugar cane pieces, guava, orange slices, or hibiscus flowers.

You Will Need

  • 1 whole pineapple
  • 1 large piloncillo (solid unrefined cane sugar)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 to 4 whole cloves
  • 3 quarts (3l) water
  • 1 1-gallon (4l) jar

Photo by Adobe Stock


  1. Remove the pineapple rind and cut the fruit from core. Save the rind and core, setting aside the fruit for another use.
  2. Place pineapple rind and core in a 1-gallon (4l) glass jar or pitcher.
  3. Add piloncillo, cinnamon, and cloves. Add water to cover, leaving 2 to 3 inches (5-7.5cm) of headspace at the top of the jar.
  4. Cover mouth of jar with fabric and secure with rubber band. Ferment at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Stir twice a day and taste. When satisfied with the level of fermentation, strain the tepache and refrigerate.

In Mexico, beer is often added to tepache, creating a refreshing alcoholic beverage. Try adding a Mexican lager to your tepache after the second day of fermenting.



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