State to start enforcing ban on infused alcohol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee bars and restaurants have been warned to stop infusing alcohol with fruit, herbs or any special ingredients because of a 2006 ban that the state alcohol commission is going to start enforcing.

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission recently sent a letter to businesses that says drinks like sangria, or cocktails made by infusing or blending with other flavors is prohibited and enforcement on the little known law is going to start on July 1.

TABC director Keith Bell told WSMV-TV in Nashville that infused bottles often don't have labels with ingredients or dates of expiration. He also said federal law prohibits infusion without a distillery permit.

Randy Rayburn, owner of three popular Nashville restaurants, doesn't agree with that interpretation and he wants the state attorney general to review the law.

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