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Ice cream shop scooping up a new opportunity with booze

Sugar Lips new official

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Ice cream is usually a sweet treat for all ages. But soon, Sugar Lips could be offering a tasty concoction for adults only.

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation which now allows vendors to sell ice cream and frozen treats made with alcohol.

And while there may be some restrictions on how much alcohol, Sugar Lips is ready to get creative.

Owner Fritz Vail said he's been to seminars, and has heard from colleagues in the cold treat industry about consumer demand.

With New York State giving the go ahead, he's ready for some boozy new desserts, like a possible Jack Daniels and Coke float.

However, Vail emphasized that even before news of the frozen beverages came out, Sugar Lips's creativity was attracting locals.

"I think the variety in our our shop is certainly soemthing our customers are interested in," Vail said. "If this is something they want, then we will offer it."

Outside of the float, Vail said he's been experimenting with some wine when it comes to flavor creation, and is open to teaming up with wineries and breweries in the area.

"We would love to work with some wineries and craft beer distributors and see what we can do," he said

Cal Dymowski

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