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Tepache Is the Summertime Brew of Your Dreams

Frank Guerriero

June 19, 2019


Photo: Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis

This summer, you deserve more than some hastily assembled lemonade to help you beat the heat. Give your summer refreshment a tropical twist with tepache—it’s a boozeless home-brew staple across Latin America, and it’s surprisingly easy to fix up, at least if you follow this recipe from Chefs Boot Camp alum Jamie Simpson.

After carving out the flesh of a pineapple for another use, Simpson reserves the rind and leaves—they’re coated in a natural yeast that’s ideal for fermentation. He combines the scraps with water and organic cane sugar, then lets it sit until the mixture starts to produce gas. Finally, a secondary bottled fermentation carbonates the beverage and gets it ready to drink. It’s a refreshing, #WasteNot thirst-quencher for long days of mowing the lawn, soaking up the sun, or braving the heat of mass transit. Get the recipe.

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Frank Guerriero is the media assistant at the Beard Foundation. Find him on Instagram.