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Sipping Sweet Tepache on the Pineapple Express

Sipping Sweet Tepache on the Pineapple Express

The Origins of Tepache

A Traditional Mexican Beverage

As summer approaches, it is time to celebrate the sunshine with a refreshing and traditional drink from Mexico – Tepache. Its name comes from the Nahuatl language, meaning “drink made of corn”. However, the recipe has evolved to include pineapple and spices, creating a unique and flavorful beverage that will transport your taste buds to Mexico.

The Pineapple Express

The Main Ingredient

At the heart of Tepache is the pineapple. Known as the “king of fruits,” this tropical delight is perfect for making refreshing drinks during the summer months. Not only is it delicious, but it also contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps with digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties. So, you can justify indulging in a glass or two!

The Fermentation Process

The preparation of Tepache is quite simple, but it requires patience. The first step is to combine pineapple, cinnamon, cloves, and sugar in a large jar or container. Some people also add chunks of piloncillo, a type of Mexican unrefined sugar. The mixture is then left to ferment for two to four days, or until sweet and tart flavors have infused with the pineapple chunks, and bubbles have formed – indicating fermentation has started.

The Final Result

A Perfect Summer Refresher

The end result is a slightly fizzy, mildly alcoholic beverage with a tangy flavor profile. Some enjoy it straight up; others mix it with beer for a refreshing “cerveza preparada” or cocktails using spirits like mezcal or tequila. The pineapple chunks can be eaten alone or served with the Tepache – like a boozy salsa margarita.

A Symbol of Mexican Culture

Beyond its flavor and refreshment, Tepache has a cultural significance in Mexico. It has been enjoyed by Mexicans for centuries and has been a staple in festivals and celebrations. Tepache is the perfect drink to pair with Mexican cuisine, especially the spicy ones like salsas, tacos, and ceviche.

The Bottom Line

Make Your Own Tepache

Tepache is an excellent way to cool off during those hot summer days, but be prepared to wait for the fermentation process to complete. Making it at home is a great way to experiment and explore different flavor combinations that suit your palate. Impress your friends and family by supporting Mexican culture with a refreshing custom-made Tepache.

So, what are you waiting for? Get on board the Pineapple Express, and make your own Tepache today!


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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