Tepache, a centuries old fermented pineapple beverage, is an important part of Mexican heritage and cuisine.
History of Tepache
The word tepache is derived from the ancient Nahuatl word tepiatl, which loosely translates to “drink made from corn” – the original main ingredient used to make tepache. It is believed that tepache was a sacred drink for the ancient Aztec and Mayan people, and recipes would differ depending on when and why it was being consumed.
How Tepache is Made
Funnily enough, there is no universal recipe for tepache even today. Every brew is unique and distinct! Typically, tepache is made by fermenting pineapple scraps, piloncillo brown sugar, and water. Regional aromatics consisting of fruits and spices like jalapeño pepper, cinnamon, ginger, passion fruit, and hibiscus can be included to add flavor. The end result is a fizzy, slightly sweet, easy drinking beverage that is loaded with antioxidants and probiotics. Like kombucha, tepache is traditionally between 0-1% ABV and boasts many health benefits due to its natural probiotic qualities.
This humble beverage is most often made at home, but is also sold streetside and in mercados in plastic cups or baggies. This refreshing drink is best enjoyed as a cool complement to an adobada taco fresh from the trompo.
Our Crooked Spin
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