Homemade CBD Tepache Recipe (with Video)


These days, it seems like one of the biggest health trends (aside from CBD of course) is protecting the gut! And fermented foods and drinks are some of the best (and tastiest) ways to do that.

One our our faves is Tepache, a delicious and refreshing drink that is easy to make using pineapple peels and other ingredients in your kitchen.

This week, Julio headed back to his show kitchen (ok, it’s really just his regular kitchen) to teach us all how it’s done!

What is Tepache?

Tepache is a fermented beverage that originated in Mexico. It’s made from the peel and the rind of pineapples, and is typically sweetened with brown sugar, seasoned with cinnamon and other spices.

It ferments for several days to reach its peak potential, and it’s served cold.

The word “tepache” comes from the Aztec language, Nahuatl, and the word tepiātl, which means a drink made from corn. Originally, corn was used to make a similar drink in Aztec culture, but these days pineapple is the go-to.

Because it’s fermented, tepache is a probiotic. Probiotics are living bacteria that are wonderful for your digestive system. They populate it with friendly bacteria – bacteria that defends against enemies, like viruses.

There are tons of other health benefits of tepache:

  • high in vitamin C, A, B
  • rich in magnesium
  • good source of bromelain, an enzyme that helps improve the digestive process
  • protects the microflora of the colon

And then of course you have the additional benefits of the added CBD…

Awesome, so how do you make it? We thought you’d never ask!

RELATED: Pair your fermented beverage with some fermented CBD BBQ sauce! Here’s the recipe.

How to Make Homemade CBD Tepache

How do you make Tepache? Well, here’s Julio showing you exactly how it’s done!


  • 2 diced pineapples
  • 2 litres of water
  • 3-4 cups brown sugar
  • ginger
  • cinnamon sticks

Optional ingredients:

  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Strawberries
  • Berries
  • Whatever your heart demands

Primary Fermentation

  1. Mix all ingredients in a jug. Gently stir.
  2. Close the jug using your homemade airlock.
  3. Leave to ferment for 5-7 days at room temperature.

Secondary Fermentation

  1. Bottle your tepache.
  2. Let ferment for 4-7 days at room temperature.
  3. Refrigerate.
  4. Pour yourself a glass, add your dose of CBD and enjoy!
CBD Tepache

Julio’s Notes & Final Thoughts

Instead of buying bottles from Amazon or a brewer’s store, you can simply reuse any bottle that previously contained a carbonated beverage. I use beer bottle with a clip-on cap. Don’t use ornamental bottle!

This is a great, delicious, affordable, and healthier replacement for beer. Making tepache has been so stupidly easy that even I can make it! The only difficult step is being patient while the beverage ferments. Please try it out, have fun with it, and let me know how the experience goes by posting a pic on Instagram and tagging us @source.cbd.