Sunday, March 21, 2010

Illegal Infusions?

There was a disturbing article in the San Francisco Chronicle last month.  The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is cracking down on bars and restaurants for making their own alcohol based infusions.

Bars and restaurants can mix and muddle drinks and serve them right away to customers, according to the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. But they cannot engage in "rectification," which the agency defines as "any process or procedure whereby distilled spirits are cut, blended, mixed or infused with any ingredient which reacts with the constituents of the distilled spirits and changes the character and nature or standards of identity of the distilled spirits."

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