A brief timeline
Pre-Hispanic MesoAmerica, around 700 B.C.
Pineapples begin to be cultivated in the region and this is where our beloved fermented pineapple beverage has its origins. The word itself, “tepache” comes from the Nahuatl word “tepiātl”, which actually tells us the original Tepache was made with corn, not pineapples! The Nahuatl language was spoken by the Aztec and Toltec civilizations of central Mexico, which is where our story starts.
Pre-1400’s, A version of Tepache is homebrewed by many
The legend is (and many historians believe) that people were making the corn version for many years before that evolved into tejuino. (Tejuino is still made and enjoyed today!) Pineapples enter the game sometime around the Aztec era since we know they were grown and traded throughout the region and into Central America.
Having a simple core recipe of pineapple, pineapple rinds, cinnamon, and sugar, the variation of spices added (cloves, aniseed, pepper) as well as regional fruits like mango, oranges or pomelo, make thousands of versions of Tepache possible.