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Banana Peel

The Hottest New Cocktail Ingredient? Banana Peel

Traditionally, most cultures have savoured banana’s sweet pulp. However, its peel has not found a place in the kitchen other than in the compost heap. That is changing now, with innovative bartenders highlighting its untapped potential.

Helan Singh

February 01, 2024

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A new ingredient is turning heads in the cocktail industry: the humble banana peel. No longer just a food scrap, it is gaining fans in mixology due to its distinct taste and eco-friendliness.

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The peel has exactly what it takes to take the conventional cocktail to the next level: earthy tones and a subtle hint of bitterness.

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Begin by making the banana peel syrup. Chop a few ripe ones into small pieces. In a saucepan, combine them with equal parts water and sugar and bring them to a gentle simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once done, strain and cool the syrup.

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Here’s how you can make a Banana Peel Mojito Twist. Grab a tall glass. Toss in a handful of bruised fresh mint leaves. Pour in 45 ml of Captain Morgan white rum and 30 ml of fresh lime juice for that essential kick. Then add 20 ml of your homemade banana peel syrup. Gently pour soda water. Give it a gentle stir,and garnish with a mint sprig or a lime wheel.

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Now, let's rethink another classic to prepare the Spiced Banana Old Fashioned. In a mixing glass, combine 60 ml of bourbon with 15 ml of banana peel syrup. Add a dash of Angostura bitters for texture. Throw in some ice cubes and stir everything until it’s well chilled. Strain into a fresh glass with a large ice cube, and decorate with an orange twist for the finishing touch.

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It's not always just about taste. Even though trends come and go, especially in an industry that’s constantly evolving, banana peels offer promise in their capacity to enhance creativity while allowing resourcefulness.

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