Attending the Sun Wine Fest at Mohegan Sun Casino exposed me to a surprising number of locally produced foods, wines, and liquors. One of them was Peel, a liquor producer based in New Britain, Connecticut that makes Limoncello, Cremoncello and Bananacello from scratch with no additives, preservatives or artificial coloring.
Peel began as a home grown operation between friends sharing their best batches of limoncello as gifts during the holidays. After much encouragement and lots of limoncello tastings, this small company branched out into producing Cremoncello and Bananacello, liqueurs that I never knew existed.
Produced in small batches and hand-crafted for intense, smooth flavor, these liqueurs may be enjoyed as an after-dinner aperitif, a chaser for espresso, or as part of your favorite cocktail. Like other Limoncellos, Peel Limoncello is made from fresh lemon peel using a recipe from a small town off the Amalfi coast in Southern Italy. It can be enjoyed chilled, on the rocks or mixed with your favorite vodka to make the perfect martini. Their Bananacello is a unique banana cream liqueur made from fresh bananas. Enjoy in a cocktail, chilled on the rocks, or poured over gelato making make a tasty dessert. The Cremoncello is creamy version of the original Limoncello recipe.
Here are some recipes to get you started courtesy of Peel:
Peel Island Breeze Martini
½ oz Peel Limoncello
2 oz Light Rum
½ oz Orange Liqueur
Splash of Lemon Juice
Mix Peel Limoncello, rum, orange liqueur, and lemon juice into a shaker with 3 oz ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
1 oz Peel Cremoncello
1 oz of your favorite vodka
Splash of Cranberry Juice
Mix Peel Cremoncello, vodka, and cranberry juice into a shaker with 3 oz ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass and enjoy.
Banana Peel Martini
1 ½ oz Peel Bananacello
1 ½ oz Chocolate flavored vodka
Mix Peel Bananacello and vodka into a shaker with 3 oz ice. Drizzle chocolate syrup into a chilled martini glass. Pour cocktail into glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Photos courtesy of Peel