There are lots of delicious and refreshing drinks that hail from Mexico.
There are tequila shots for the rambunctious—margaritas for those wanting to have a fun day o night. And then there is tepache, a fermented drink that is jam-packed with plenty of health and wellness benefits.
While many tepache looks like just another alcoholic beverage from Mexico, it is far from that. At its purest form, tepache is the result of fermenting pineapple and results in a deliciously sweet and healthy drink that is becoming the newest craze. And what’s more, this drink comes with a whole list of health benefits. These include helping with your digestion, having next to no sugar, enhancing your hydration, and just being simply delicious to drink.
Tepache has been a drink that has been around for a long time, dating back to pre-colonial eras in Mexico. And the original drink wasn’t made from fermented pineapple. Instead, it was made from corn.
Think kombucha but stepped up a notch with that Central America flair to it. And just like kombucha, there are numerous flavors for you to enjoy as well.
With a variety of flavors, bartenders and restaurants worldwide are serving up delicious pours of tepache to provide a sweet experience that leaves more to be desired. So what are your options when it comes to choosing the right flavor of tepache? We’ve rounded up the most delicious flavors that are not to be missed. We encourage you to try each at least once before committing to your favorite tepache flavor.
1. Ginger Tepache
Who doesn’t love drinks that are made flavorful by ginger? Tepache tastes excellent when combined with the warm sensations that ginger can create for the taste buds. Some compare the resulting flavor to that of a sweet apple even. And best of all, the added ginger provides even more health benefits for your stomach too. So drink up the ginger goodness, as both your taste buds and tummy will be happy as a result.
2. Orange Tumeric
On their own, oranges and turmeric both provide us with a range of health benefits. And when added to tepache, the health benefits become even more delicious. Producing a citrusy result that comes from crushing in both turmeric spice and oranges, those that drink orange turmeric tepache will get to enjoy a light and refreshing drink that has them high on all the natural goodness filled within.
3. Mango Chili
If you want to drink tepache with a bang, going for the mango chili flavor is likely your best option. The chile flavor adds that intense pop of spice that will probably send chills down your spine. But don’t worry, as the sweet flavors of mango will balance out that sensation. Sweet and spicey, this flavor provides everything nice and healthy. Just beware if your taste buds are extra sensitive to chili.
4. Tamarind Citrus
For those that are not yet familiar with what tamarind is, think allspice. Similar to those Thanksgiving flavors that make a pumpkin pie so great, tamarind provides both sweet and sour result that is intensified by the citrus notes in this flavor of tepache as well. This flavor is a fan favorite in Mexico, and we think it will be in your household as well.
5. Traditional Pineapple
Sometimes simple is best, and that is very much the case for the simple flavor of pineapple tepache. Letting the pineapple flavors take the lead in this drink, there are still small tasting notes of sugar, agave, and even cinnamon. But pineapple is the dominant flavor of this drink, and, to be honest, we would not have it any other way.
But the flavors don’t stop there. The pineapple flavors of tepache can be balanced out with a range of other flavors, giving people the opportunity to get creative with this drink truly. This is exciting because healthy drinks can taste great too and do not simply have to resort to being boring.
So, what flavor of tepache will you be drinking next? Will it be the traditional pineapple-flavored tepache? Or will you venture out to put your taste buds to the test with a mango and chili combo? Perhaps, you may be more inclined to keep it sweet with orange turmeric or ginger.
But regardless of what flavor tepache you do choose, just know that you are drinking something that both tastes good and does good for your body too.