ALBANY, N.Y. – In an effort to boost the dairy and alcohol industries in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law allowing businesses to manufacture and sell ice cream and frozen desserts made with liquor.
The legislation aims to help dairy farmers, liquor and craft beverage producers, dairy processors and manufacturers, as well as retailers and restaurants.
“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,” said Sen. Rachel May, D-53, who represents Syracuse and surrounding areas. “This legislation will help New York's dairy industry and our liquor and craft beverage industries at the same time.”
The percentage of alcohol will be limited to no more than 5% by volume, and require appropriate labeling.
"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," said Cuomo.
New York ranks in the top five in the U.S. for its number of craft beverage producers, 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.