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Mexico Inspired Recipes

Recipes Inspired by Mexico
Tepache: Homemade Happy Hour

Tepache is a easy to make, slightly carbonated, alcoholic beverage made from fermented pineapple.  It is very refreshing on a hot day severed by itself with ice or with a  squeeze of fresh lime and a dash of hot sauce!  Gearing up for summer means getting ready to make Tepache!  Imagine how proud you will be when you announce to your friends that you can make your own home-made pineapple brew!

 Tepache Recipe

One of the best things about making Tepache is that it is made out of the skin from the pineapple, which would normally be wasted: waste not want not, and get wasted!  


The skin from 1 pineapple with some fruit on it (enough to get all the eyes)
16oz of Piloncillo  (subsitute brown sugar or raw sugar)
4 quarts of drinking water
1 beer- preferable Dos XX or any lager you prefer

Dissolve the sugar in 4 quarts of water.  If you are using Mexican piloncillo cones, dissolve over heat and cool to less than 100º F.  While the sugar water is still warm, transfer it into a non-corrosive container with a lid- not metal, glazed ceramic is the traditional choice in Mexico but a food grade plastic container will work just as well.  Add the pineapple skin.  Cover and let sit in a warm spot in the kitchen for 3-4 days. 

***Warning*** at this stage it will look terrible and you be sure that you ruined it- that is exactly what is should look like.  It will be a frothy, fermenting, white moldy mess.  At this point, pour in the beer.  Cover it again and let it sit for another 24 hours.  

Strain and serve! 

*For more flavor you can add cloves, all spice berries and cinnamon sticks to the mixture before fermentation. 




Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 1:06 PM by Carlos Martínez


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