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Illinois Extends Cocktails To-Go Law

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed SB 0089, extending the state's cocktails to-go law until August 1, 2028. Originally implemented in June 2020 during the pandemic, the law allows restaurants and bars to offer carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery of mixed drinks and single servings of wine for off-premises consumption. The previous expiration date of January 3, 2024, has now been extended, ensuring continued economic benefits for the Illinois hospitality industry.

To ensure compliance and safety, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) has reiterated the key requirements of the cocktails to-go law. "To-go cocktails" can only be sold or delivered by retail licensee employees who are at least 21 years old and hold a valid Illinois Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) license.

To-go cocktails must be securely packaged in sealed, tamper-evident containers. The container labels should include the drink's name, ingredients, names of the alcohol used, and a bottling or packaging date indicating freshness within 7 days of sale.

Transportation guidelines stipulate that to-go cocktails should be placed in the trunk of a vehicle. If the vehicle lacks a trunk, they must be stored in a rear compartment not accessible to passengers.


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