How to make Pineapple Tepache

Pineapple tepache is a drink originated in Mexico, very tasty, and refreshing. It is obtained from the fermentation of the peel and pulp of the pineapple, adding piloncillo (sugar) and water. The piloncillo is another Mexican product that is nothing but unrefined cane sugar.


Besides being prepared with pineapple, there are people who also prepare it with guava, apple, tuna (the fruit of the nopal), or orange. The tradition of making tepache with corn continues in several indigenous communities in Mexico, as this is the original way of preparing it.


During the hot season in Mexico City, vendors on tricycles offer the pineapple tepache on some corners of the very busy streets of the capital.




  • 1 whole pineapple
  • 1 piece of piloncillo or 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 4 liters of water without chlorine
  • 1 Container, jar, or jug for 4 liters
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 Piece of cloth
  • 1 rubber band to hold the cloth

Preparation of Pineapple Tepache


  1. Boil 2 liters of water, cinnamon, sugar, and a clove in a pot.
  2. Split the pineapple into 3 parts and separate the pineapple into parts: Outside: to remove the peel. Central: to separate the heart Lateral: for the rest of the pineapple in cubes.
  3. Put the pineapple cubes in the container, then add the pineapple skin and finally the core.
  4. Add the 2 liters of water previously boiled in the pot over the pineapple. Remember that you should never pour hot water over the fruits to be fermented. You have to wait for the water you boiled in the pot with cinnamon to cool down before pouring it into the pitcher, container, or jar.
  5. Add 2 more liters of water. In total, that’s 4 liters of water in the container, container, or jar.
  6. Cover your jar with a cloth and an elastic band or ribbon.
  7. Let it ferment. Every day you should check that the fermentation has started. To check it, you stir it with a wooden spoon and then cover the jar again. By the fourth or fifth day, it should have fermented.
  8. Strain and enjoy it!


There are many different recipes, but the main idea is to mix the fruit and sugar, let it ferment as with any other fermented drink, and enjoy. The flavor is a bit similar to apple cider. Have you tried it already? 

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