Sacramento bill sez it's okay to infuse booze
on 06/12/10 at 11:13 amBooze News
The bill by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would clarify a post-Prohibition section of legal code that state regulators have used to crack down on bars and restaurants that infuse alcohol with different flavors – think fruit-flavored vodka or homemade sangria.
Since 2008, the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has read the decades-old section of code that prohibits “rectification” of distilled spirits to mean that house-infused drinks are illegal under California law.
Leno’s bill would explicitly permit businesses to “engage in the artisanal practice of making small amounts of spirits flavored with fruits, vegetables and spices” for use at that establishment, according to a memo from his office.