La Condesa's Tepache Margarita Recipe

Melody Fury

Tepache is an ancient Mayan pineapple spirit and La Condesa's version is "slightly fermented and has the spark of kombucha," according to Nate Wales. Making tepache at home may sound daunting, you really just combine a few ingredients and let it ferment undisturbed.

Note: Yuzu juice can be found bottled in Japanese grocers and specialty shops, or online. Many brands contain salt or other preservatives. Look for versions that contain nothing but yuzu juice.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 1 serving

Rate & Comment


To Make the Tepache:

  • 1/2 medium size fresh pineapple, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1/4 cup yuzu juice (see note)

  • 2 tablespoons peeled and diced ginger root

  • 2 tablespoons Aji Amarillo Peruvian chili paste, such as Goya or Inca's Food

  • 1 teaspoon honey

To Make the Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila such as El Jimador

  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur such as Patron Citronge

  • 1 1/4 ounce juice from about 3 limes

  • 1 ounce tepache

  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar

  • 1 wedge of pineapple for garnish


  1. To make the tepache, mix diced pineapple, yuzu juice, ginger, chile paste, and honey in a glass container. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and store at room temperature in a shady spot. After 3 days, scrape off the floating "cap" and discard without disturbing the liquid. Cover and allow it to ferment for 3 more days. Scrape the "cap" again and strain the liquid through cheese cloth. Store tepache in the fridge for up to 5 days.

  2. To make the cocktail, combine the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, tepache, and agave nectar in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds and strain the cocktail into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with the pineapple wedge, and serve with a straw.

Special equipment

Blender or stick blender, collins glass, cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
210 Calories
0g Fat
21g Carbs
0g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 40mg 201%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 105mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)