Tepache is a lightly fermented spicy pineapple drink you can make at home. It is traditionally a street food item from Mexico.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 days
Total Time:
2 days 10 mins
8 cups


  • 1 whole pineapple

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 habanero peppers, halved

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 8 cups water at room temperature


  1. Chop pineapple into small segments, including the rind. You can remove the woody core from the segments if you wish. Add to a large container, e.g. a Mason jar with only a flat lid. The container needs to be able to expel the gas that will build up during fermentation, but also needs to be somewhat airtight to prevent the formation of vinegar.

  2. Crush ginger slightly with the side of a knife to open it up. Add ginger, brown sugar, habanero peppers, cinnamon, and water to the container. Stir to combine, cover, and let stand for 2 days in a warm place until mixture slightly fizzy and warm to the touch.

  3. Strain mixture through a fine-meshed sieve into fermentation-grade bottles. Cover and store in your refrigerator. Enjoy for up to 1 week. Tepache may continue to carbonate in the bottles while stored and explode if left too long.

Cook's Note:

You can double the batch of tepache by re-adding water and brown sugar to what was left behind in the jars after you emptied the liquid out of them. Wait for two days again and you have a second batch of tepache.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

156 Calories
0g Fat
41g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 156
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 83mg 413%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 223mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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