Tepache Recipe (Mexican Pineapple Beer)
Make tepache (Mexican pineapple beer) at home with the help of this easy-to-follow tepache recipe – you can buy everything you need at your local grocery store.
Tepache, which is the name for Mexican pineapple beer, is a delicious and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed equally with food and on its own. Best of all, you can make it yourself from the comfort of your own home.
Here’s everything you need to know about tepache, including its history and serving suggestions, as well a great recipe for brewing your own. All the ingredients you need can be found easily at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.
A Bit About Tepache
Tepache dates back to the latter half of the 19th Century, when it was brewed by the Nahua people of central Mexica. It is a lightly alcoholic drink made using fermented pineapple with added spice from cinnamon and sweetness, usually from brown sugar. Traditionally the fermentation was achieved with maize, although modern recipes use pineapple rinds.
The drink is quite tart and fresh in flavor, is served cold and is a traditional beverage in Mexico and other Central American countries. Although tepache is typically referred to as pineapple beer, the alcohol content in tepache is usually a lot less than traditional beer, and it is regarded as a soft drink more than a boozey one.
Tepache is believed to have antibiotic properties, which makes it a great drink to enjoy if you’re feeling under the weather!
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Make Your Own Tepache Recipe
Cool, crisp and divinely refreshing, tepache is the ultimate summer drink for enjoying on its own or paired with food. While there are several commercial versions of tepache available to buy, there’s nothing like brewing your own to enjoy whenever you fancy it.
You can pick up all these ingredients at a regular grocery store or farmer’s market. There are many different flavors of tepache to try, although pineapples are the traditional choice and, arguably the best fruit for the job, given their high sugar and acid content. For optimum flavor, start the fermentation process when pineapples are in season – from March through July.
Here is a quick and easy recipe for brewing your own tepache. Best of all, it only takes 10 minutes to make and just a couple of days before it’s ready to drink.
- 1 large ripe pineapple (rind is fine too)
- 1 cup of panela (unrefined sugar) or organic brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3-5 cloves
- 2 quarts fresh, filtered water
- Big glass pitcher
- Cheesecloth or Saran wrap
This recipe makes approximately 8 cups of tepache. Each cup contains 105 calories each.
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1. Wash the pineapple, then chop it up, peel and all.
2. Put the pineapple into the pitcher and add the panela (or organic sugar), cinnamon stick, cloves and 2 quarts of water.
3. Cover the pitcher with the cheesecloth or Saran wrap and leave on your counter at room temperature for 24 hours. Check after 10-12 hours if you live in a hot country.
4. After 12-24 hours, a layer of white foam should have formed on top of the liquid – this shows that fermentation has started. Peel off the covering and use a wooden spoon to carefully remove the foam. Return the cover and leave to sit for a further 24-36 hours.
5. Strain the liquid and pour the tepache into a pitcher with lots of ice and fresh lime – serve!
TIP: To make a more alcoholic version of tepache, you can add 1-2 tsp of brewers’ yeast to the mix.
On a hot day, tepache is delicious and thirst-quenching, best enjoyed on its own with a slice of lime in the sunshine. However, it is also a great accompaniment to several Mexican dishes, including:
- Guacamole and tortilla chips
- Spicy chicken fajitas
- Pork and prawn burritos
- Mexican prawn soup
- Barbeque meats
Tepache is a gloriously refreshing and tasty drink, especially in hot weather. It’s a favorite amongst those who like pineapple as well as those who don’t, and it’s super easy and cheap to make as well!
We hope you find our tepache recipe helpful, and enjoy playing around with flavorings and spices until to make the blend that’s perfect for you. Chin chin!
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