Wine ice cream bill nears conclusion
25th April, 2014 by Lucy Shaw
A bill to legalise the sale of alcohol-infused ice cream in the US state of Louisiana passed its first legislative hurdle yesterday.
As reported by Nola.com, with a vote on the bill having been stalled twice, the House Judiciary Committee added an amendment this week that would require buyers of the ice cream to show ID in order to prove that they are 21 or over.
If accepted, the new bill would allow licensed alcohol retailers to sell alcohol-infused ice cream.
The bill states that any ice cream with more than 0.5% abv must be regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Legalisation of alcohol-infused ice cream in the Southern American state has been championed by Mercer’s and Buzz Bar, both of which produce the boozy treat.
Mercer’s specilaises in “wine ice cream”, with flavours including Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Peach White Zinfandel, Chocolate Cabernet and Cherry Merlot.
Buzz Bar ice cream bars meanwhile, contain between 05.% and 2.81% abv, with flavours including Irish Cream, Bourbon and Chocolate, and Strawberry and Rum.
The amended bill passed without objection and will now be heard by the full Senate.