Tepache Frumex Original Pineapple Cider

6 comments Written on October 28th, 2011 by
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In my forays into international grocery aisles, I’m constantly finding more and more fermented food and drinks we haven’t tried like canned kimchi, kombucha, and kvass (keep an eye out for a future review on that one). On one of my last visits to the Lakewood Saar’s (probably the same trip I bought the Frutiking), I spotted a bottle of tepache, below the familiar Jarritos, Mineraga and sangria. What’s tepache you say? Well I’m glad you asked, because I put way too much time on these posts doing background research on what the products we eat and drinks actually are.

Thank goodness for Wikipedia! It’s not just useful for college papers!

Tepache is “a drink made out of the flesh and rind of the pineapple, sweetened with brown sugar and cinnamon and sometimes beer. Tepache does not have a high quantity of alcohol, since it is left to ferment for only about three days. The alcohol comes mostly from the addition of a small amount of beer, the most common way of serving it in Mexico. It is a drink better served cold with dry chili powder to give it a spicy taste. Tepache is commonly made by inmates in Mexican prison, because the process of creating tepache is simple and quick. However, tepache can also be found in taquerias since it is a rather cheap drink. Housewives sometimes prepare tepache. In markets, you can sometimes find a vendor with an orange barrel full of ice-cold tepache.

Mmm…prison tepache.

Our particular tepache is non-alcoholic and made with 12% juice. Ingredients include: Purified carbonated water, fermented pineapple extract (skin and pulp), barley, spices, sugar, brown sugar, and vitamin C.

The drink is tangy, akin to the glaze on a slice of pineapple upside-down cake from last’s months work potluck or the fruit cup that you found sitting in the back of your fridge. The flavor is what you’d expect from pineapple juice that’s fermented minus the alcohol: it’s got a twang, it’s a little sour and it tastes much better chilled.

Okay it wasn’t that good.

If you like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain and possible flings with people who may or may not be your significant other, then maybe you’ll “love” this pineapple cider concoction I crafted with the stuff that was already in our cupboard: a glass of cider, plus some unsweetened coconut milk/coconut milk ice cubes and some simple syrup (add alcohol if desired).

But if you’d like to try something that’s probably more palatable, you could always just try it the traditional way, paired with a Mexican beer.

Have you had tepache? Should I try making my own? Did I miss the mark completely? Feel free to educate me!

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6 comments “Tepache Frumex Original Pineapple Cider”

You are right about the Frumex Tepache. Unusual and delightful. If you found it in the bottle you showed, good for you. Unfortunately, Frumex has changed the formula and the bottle. Now the bottle has no green color in the label even though the design is the same. Now it is made from fermented pineapple juice instead of fermented pineapple extract (skins and pulp). It lists juice content as 10% instead of 12%. Needless to say it is not as tasty. All the character is gone from this new formula. Yuk.

I found this product at Grocery Outlet. Combined with the above comment, we can infer that the company changed its recipe, and dumped its supply of the old 12% juice/pulp on the discount market. so this is our last chance to try this version in the San Francisco Bay Area. too bad, its even better than Sidral Mundet apple soda

Aw, that’s too bad.

 Good stuff! and at 3/$1.00 who can complain! 
   (The ones I have are pineapple/guava.)

I, too, found this at Grocery Outlet. I LOVE IT! Having been off the grape for several years, I’m always looking for new beverages, especially those that aren’t overly sweet. This, combined w/ some carbonated water, makes a very tasty drink. I also like the CasCal drinks I see there, which I grab in great abundance, as they’re usually gone the next time I’m there!

Just a heads up the CasCal drinks are 25/30 cents at the 6th Ave. Tacoma Grocery Outlet as of yesterday. I bought some as well – not too bad!

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