On the Matter of Alcoholic Ice Cream

Blondie and Brownie points out that on Tuesdays in August, Shake Shack is serving a custard in the flavor of what seems to be the drink of the moment (the dark and stormy). They describe it as “a boozy version of Shake Shack's Gingerbread Custard,” which got us wondering if there’s actually rum in it. (After all, the Shack only serves beer and wine.)

Actually, we’re told it’s made from rum extract, ginger, and molasses, so it’s not alcoholic. (By the way, the Shack also tells us it’s adding sweet corn as a summer special next Thursday.) While we’re on the subject of alcoholic ice cream, it bears mentioning that the State Liquor Authority just posted its annual report, and among the changes in liquor law: “Ice Cream made with wine will now be considered a non-alcoholic product and can be manufactured and sold without a license from the Authority.” So Art Smith’s champagne and strawberry soup can presumably be served to kids! There’s also this interesting change:

The definition of “wine” has been changed. “Wine” can now be produced not only from grapes, but also other fruits and plants. The definition of “New York State labeled wine” has also been changed to include “other fruits”, as well as grapes.

Score one for apple wine! Wonder how the folks who got up in arms about the labeling of blended rosé will feel about this.

Previously on Grub Street...

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