Pineapple Drink

Recipe Yield

8 to 10 servings

Cooking time

10 minutes

Rate this recipe

4 from 6 votes


  • 4 liters, or 16 cups, water
  • 1 pound piloncillo or dark brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 ripe pineapple or about 3 cups
  • 1 cup lager beer

To Prepare

  • Using the traditional big earthenware jug (or a large pot), bring to a boil the 16 cups water along with the piloncillo, cinnamon stick, and whole cloves. Simmer, stirring once in a while, for about 10 minutes or until the piloncillo has dissolved.
  • While the water is simmering, wash the pineapple thoroughly, and remove the stem and bottom. Cut it into 2 inch cubes, without taking off its rind.
  • Once the flavored water is ready, turn off heat and add in the pineapple chunks and cover. Let rest for 2 days, or 48 hours, in a warm area of your kitchen. The mixture will begin to ferment and bubble on the surface. Add a cup of lager beer, stir well, and let it sit for up to 12 hours more. Don't let it ferment much longer, or you may end up with vinegar instead!
  • Strain tepache through a fine strainer or cheesecloth, and serve very cold. You can either refrigerate it or serve over ice cubes.


8comments inTepache

  1. Danielle Stettler

    Jan 22

    Omggzzz.. piloncillo is my new favorite best friend. Making your and now my Tepache. Ty for sharing

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 29

      My pleasure, love Tepache!

  2. Mike

    Oct 10

    Thanks for the recipe! Excited to dry it. Should it be covered lightly (towel) during fermentation or is a lid ok?


    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 24

      A lid works better 🙂

  3. A.Hix

    May 03

    Amazing. Thanks so much!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 17

      Glad you liked it 😉

  4. Maria

    Dec 29

    Gracias chef, y querida Patty love this tepache the best receta 😊

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 29

      Gracias Maria, que bueno que te gusto!

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