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Tepache Recipe

Tepache is a traditional Mexican fermented beverage made from pineapple, water, sugar, and spices. It’s a refreshing drink that’s relatively simple to prepare at home.

To make tepache, pineapple peels and cores are combined with water, brown sugar, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and sometimes other ingredients like ginger. This mixture is left to ferment for a few days, usually at room temperature, allowing the natural yeasts present in the pineapple rinds and the environment to ferment the sugars in the liquid. This fermentation process produces a mildly alcoholic beverage with a tangy, slightly effervescent taste.

After a few days of fermentation (typically around 2-4 days, depending on the desired taste), the liquid is strained and chilled. The resulting tepache is a sweet, fizzy drink with a hint of pineapple flavor and spice.


Tepache is a popular homemade beverage in Mexico and is often enjoyed as a refreshing drink, especially during hot weather. It’s also sometimes mixed with beer to create a drink called “Tepache con Cerveza,” adding a unique twist to beer-based cocktails.

Tepache Fast Facts:

  • Origin: Mexico
  • Main Ingredient: Pineapple
  • Occasions: Casual sips, parties, or as a mixer

What Does Tepache Taste Like?

Imagine a tart, fizzy, and slightly sweet beverage. It’s like pineapple soda but with more character.

Taste Profile:

  • Tartness: Medium
  • Fizziness: High
  • Sweetness: Low to Medium

What is in Tepache?

  • Pineapple (including skin)
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Optional spices like cinnamon or cloves

Equipment Required for This Recipe

  • Large glass jar
  • Measuring cups
  • Cheesecloth
  • Rubber band or string


  • 1 whole pineapple, skin and all
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Optional: 1 cinnamon stick, 2-3 cloves


  1. Wash the pineapple and cut it into chunks, skin included.
  2. In a large jar, layer the pineapple chunks and brown sugar.
  3. Add optional spices.
  4. Pour in water.
  5. Cover jar with cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band.
  6. Let ferment for 2-3 days, checking daily.
  7. Strain, chill, and serve!

How to Serve Tepache

Serve chilled, either straight up or with a splash of soda water for extra fizz.

Serving Ideas:

  • In a chilled glass
  • With a slice of lime
  • As a cocktail mixer

What to Serve Tepache With

My Recommendations and Tips

  • Use organic pineapple if possible.
  • Experiment with fermentation time for varying flavors.
  • Don’t forget to check daily to prevent over-fermentation.

Tepache Storage Ideas

  • Fridge: Store up to one week in a sealed container.
  • Freezer: Not recommended.

Potential Ingredients Substitutes

Brown SugarHoney
Cinnamon StickGround Cinnamon

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: Approx 50 per serving
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Probiotics: Varies

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use white sugar?
    • Yes, but brown sugar adds more depth.
  • Is Tepache alcoholic?
    • It has a very low alcohol content due to natural fermentation.


Tepache is more than just a drink; it’s a celebration of Mexican culture and fermentation magic. Simple, flavorful, and remarkably refreshing, this is one recipe you’ll turn to time and again. Cheers to Tepache!