Alcohol-infused ice cream is officially on the menu.
On Aug. 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that authorizes the manufacturing and sale of ice cream and other frozen desserts made with liquor in New York State. The legislation aims to 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 products.
“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,” the governor said. “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.”
New York now ranks in the top five in the U.S. for its number of craft beverage producers in every category and ranks first in the country for the number of hard cider producers, second in craft breweries and distilleries, and fourth in the country for the total number of wineries. Since the governor’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, the number of farm-based licenses has increased by over 190 percent, from 282 in October 2012 to 823 today.
“This bill expands on the successful addition of wine, beer, and cider to certain specialty ice creams,” Assemblymember Donna Lupardo (D-Broome County) said. “Any time we can allow our dairy farmers and producers to add a product that’s popular with consumers, it’s good for business and it’s good for tourism. Our distilleries are especially enthusiastic about the potential for NY spirits in NY ice cream.”
This story first appeared on amNewYork.com
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