New York may not be ready to change its favorite fruitdriven moniker just yet, but when Peel Liqueurs unleashed its banana-infused cream liqueur on the town, our panel was peel-impressed. Created by Gianfranco DiDomenico, a full-time mortgage broker whose family limoncello recipe inspired the birth of the brand, Peel liqueurs aren’t your average fruit-bomb. “This brand was born in my kitchen,” says DiDomenico. “But I wanted to get away from the old school, and create an Old World product with a New World face lift.”DiDomenico’s managed to find a way to really multitask with the brand, with Bananacello equally mixable as it is sippable. Bananacello won a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition earlier this year.

The New York Review:
“The liqueur on its own is really nice, with a banana nose and white Gummi Bears and marzipan. A nice after-dinner drink.” — Jillian Vose

“Round, creamy and a great after dinner drink. Not too sweet, with good balance.” —Lynnette Marrero

“A really good cocktail, and the ingredients complement each other really well. I like that the liqueur is not too sweet neat.” —Phil Casacelli

Banana Peel Latte
House-made Bananacello-infused whipped cream:
• 6 oz. heavy cream
• 4½ oz. Bananacello
• Whip cream to soft peaks; add Peel Bananacello

• 1 oz. coffee liqueur
• 6 oz. coffee
• Mix in a wine glass, top with Banacello-infused whipped cream

About The Tasting Panel:
THE TASTING PANEL magazine is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry, reaching an audience of thousands of key decision-makers every month and growing on an international scale. Manning the ship is renowned wine & spirits veteran Anthony Dias Blue as Editor-in-Chief and longtime wine & spirits publisher and executive editor Meridith May. With their expertise, experience and esteem, they collectively have their finger on the pulse of the beverage industry, making for one of the most informative and cutting edge publications focusing on beverages, the beverage trade and the people who make the industry tick.  Regular features include: “Blue Reviews,” authoritative scores and reviews of wines and spirits; “Industry Spotlight,” highlighting innovators and leaders; “Steven Spurrier’s Letter from London,” from the world-renowned British authority; “Brief Encounters” and “Brand Spotlight.”