Tepache - A Fermented Beverage Made With Pineapple Rinds

Tepache – A Fermented Beverage Made With Pineapple Rinds

Tepache | Fermented Pineapple Rinds Beverage
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Tepache is a sweet fermented beverage made with pineapple rinds. It has probiotic properties, and can contain up 1-3% alcohol believe it or not! Tepache is a lovely beverage to make for summertime. Another summertime drink I make is Almond Cream Soda. It’s made with water kefir though.

More About Tepache

Tepache originated in Mexico a long time ago. It’s still popular today. It’s even produced commercially. Did you know that Tepache means “drink of the corn”? It sure does. Originally, this fermented beverage was made with a base of corn instead of pineapple rinds. However, the modern version of this beverage uses pineapple as a base.

Additionally, people often make other versions. Some people use a wide variety of flavors such as guava, apple, and even orange.

In central and south America tepache is actually known as “chicha”. The Mayans made tepache and added aromatic spices. They thought of this beverage as sacred and used it in religious rituals.

It’s so simple to make. This recipe uses the peels of the pineapple with a little bit of the fruit. You can eat the leftover as a snack or you can try your hand at making Fermented Pineapple Chutney.

Check out the images below, to see more on how to make this wonderful beverage.


Leave about a 1/4 inch of fruit on the peel when you cut it off.

pineapple sliced on a cutting board

Chop up the peels up roughly.

pineapple cut up on a cutting board

Here is a closer look

Next, we’ll add sugar to a mason jar and mix it with water.

After that, we will add the pineapple to the mason jar. You might have noticed in the image above there are glass weights, weighing down the pineapple rinds. The rinds really need to stay below the liquid or brine. So do the weights or there is a possibility of mold growing.

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4 thoughts on “Tepache – A Fermented Beverage Made With Pineapple Rinds”

  1. I’ve never fermented anything before and don’t have the grolsch style bottles per the instructions. Could I just strain into another mason jar for the two days in the fridge?

  2. I’d like to make tepache flavored infused vodka. Would it ruin the whole thing if I just included all the ingredients to the vodka, including the pineapple chuncks?

    1. This is a very interesting question.

      You could totally make a vodka tepache. However, it wouldn’t necessarily be fermented. Since vodka wouldn’t be the correct medium for a fermenting environment.

      Obviously, I haven’t tried this but I would use all the same measurements, except substituting vodka for water. I would play around with the recipe, and try it with and without sugar, and see which gives me the best results.
      I would infuse it for 3 to 5 days, shaking it once a day.

      Hopefully this helps! Let me know how it goes! I’m super interested now. I might have to try this!

      Thanks Norma

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