Raw, adjective: 10. not diluted, as alcoholic spirits: raw whiskey.

Well, this is just silly.

Seems the California Dept of ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) guys are cracking down on moonshine in them thar parts. Some ancient obscure law bans "changing the character of the booze by allowing it to mature on the shelf," a process called "'rectification' that is illegal without a special license," which somehow translates to nixing the mixologist's craft of soaking ingredients like basil or rosemary in liquor to liven it up a bit.

So these vigilantes are hitting up all the local cocktail hotspots - the same ones that have consistently made a splash in the national news media for their creative, artistic, intuitive new infusions - and putting the smack down. Accordingly, Bourbon & Branch has "prohibited" some of its best recipes; Farmer Brown has scratched its oatmeal and honey vodka (a concoction so delectable-sounding that I'd honestly bathe in that shit).

So silly. Tail wagging the dog. Bureaucracy at its worst. Read the article in the Chron; belly up to your favorite watering hole tonight and make sure to order the most outrageously illegal jalapeno-infused booze you can. It's your civic duty to subvert the dumbasses, my friends. Do it.

State Warns Bay Area Bars Not to Infuse Drinks (SFGate)


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