Summer just got a little sweeter…and tipsier.
Earlier this week Governor Cuomo signed new legislation that authorized the sale and manufacturing of ice cream and frozen desserts made with liquor throughout New York State.
It limits the percent of alcohol to no more than 5% ABV (about the equivalent of a light beer or spiked seltzer), and would require “the same product labeling and warning statements similar to confectionary that contain wine, beer or cider.” That’s right, it was already legal for frozen treats to be infused with wine, beer or cider. Where can we find that?!
“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,” Governor Cuomo 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.”
If you’re like us and didn’t realize this was previously illegal because popular boozy ice cream shop Tipsy Scoop has been selling liquor-infused ice cream for years, Eater reports that they received special permission from the state back in 2014 because they also sell wholesale.
Still, maybe now that it’s official, more ice cream shops will follow suit. Here’s hoping!
In other news: NYC’s First-Ever Sour Patch Kids Store Opens August 6
featured image source: Instagram / @tipsyscoop