Dessert responsibly: N.Y. OKs liquor ice cream

Haagen-Dazs makes liquor-infused ice creams, which are now legal in New York state. The state is hoping small companies in the state jump on the bandwagon. Haagen-Dazs

ALBANY — Bartender, two scoops, please.

A new law in New York legalizes the manufacture and sale of liquor-infused ice cream or other frozen desserts.

Anyone 21 or older will be able to purchase the alcoholic frozen treats as long as they’re sold in sealed packages made by dairy processors and manufacturers, liquor and craft beverage producers, restaurants or other food retailers.

The alcoholic volume for the treats will be capped at 5 percent.

“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,” Gov. Cuomo said last week after signing the legislation into law.

Lawmakers previously authorized beer- and cider-infused sweets back in 2018, and the state has allowed wine-infused ice cream for over a decade.

Sponsor Sen. Rachel May (D-Syracuse) said the new bill will be a boozy boost for the state’s dairy farmers and distilleries.

“Thanks to this bill, vendors will now be able to offer their customers another delicious treat,” she said. “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!” she added.

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