Cuomo signs legislation OKing the manufacturing in NYS of liquor-infused ice cream

David Caplan
August 03, 2020 - 12:20 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New Yorkers, prepare yourself for spiked ice cream: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation authorizing the manufacture and sale of ice cream and other frozen desserts made with liquor.

A statement from the Governor's office announcing the legislation said it "will help New York's dairy farmers, liquor and craft beverage producers, dairy processors and manufacturers, food retailers and restaurants meet the increasing consumer demand for these new and innovative products."

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Cuomo said in a statement, "The craft beverage industry has experienced explosive growth in New York and with that comes a responsibility to advance regulations that help ensure long-term viability, protect consumers and provide farmers with opportunities to increase their business. This legislation will further grow a burgeoning industry and boost small businesses while helping to put them on a path of sustained growth that empowers both producers and consumers." 

 The measure would limit the percentage of alcohol in ice cream to not more than 5 percent of alcohol by volume, and would require the same product labeling and warning statements similar to confectionary that contain wine, beer or cider.

State Sen. Rachel May said in a statement, "New Yorkers are already able to responsibly enjoy beer, wine, and cider infused ice creams. Thanks to this bill, vendors will now be able to offer their customers another delicious treat. This legislation will help New York's dairy industry and our liquor and craft beverage industries at the same time. I am very grateful to the Governor for signing this into law, and I look forward to sharing some maple bourbon ice cream with him at next year's State Fair!"

New York now ranks in the top five in the U.S. for its number of craft beverage producers in every category. The state ranks first in U.S. for the number of hard cider producers, second in craft breweries and distilleries, and fourth in the country for the total number of wineries.