Can you bake with liquor? One of the most popular trends in baking with liquor in your baked goods. This opportunity is not open to all Cottage Food Operators or home-based bakers. Michigan allows baking with booze, but you must prove the percent of liquor in your product. It’s almost more work than it’s worth.
A South Carolina representative (Division of Food – Survey Team Member) shared the state does not have any concerns with the “use of Bourbon as an ingredient in baked goods.” Cottage Food Operators (CFOs) must produce these products for retail sales, sold directly to the end consumer.
There are no restrictions on alcohol in baked goods in Arizona according to The Home Baked and Confectionery Goods Program, Arizona Department of Health Services. It is recommended you double-check with the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control at (602)542-5141.
If your state allows you to bake with alcohol, there is usually a limited amount of booze that can be added to your recipe. It is important to follow those requirements. Do not sell or give away the miniature bottles of alcohol without a liquor license.
Baking with Liquor: United State Regulations
In the United States, each state has the authority to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of alcohol within its borders. State and local jurisdictions may have their own requirements and the federal requirements may be different.
State laws and regulations vary from state to state and may be more restrictive than federal regulations. It is your responsibility to learn the regulations before using alcohol in your products. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a sample email that can be sent to your State Alcohol Beverage Authority.
Baking with Liquor: State Alcohol Beverage Authority
Alcohol Beverage Control
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
District of Columbia
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration
Liquor Commission City and County of Honolulu
Idaho State Liquor Dispensary (handles pricing, distribution, selection, and location of packaged liquor stores)
Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau (enforces distilled spirits laws)
Illinois Liquor Control Commission
Alcohol and Tobacco Commission
Iowa (Control State)
Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division
Maine (Control State)
Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations
Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
Michigan Liquor Control Commission
Alcoholic Beverage Control Office
Montana Liquor License Bureau
Nebraska Liquor Control Commission
New Hampshire State Liquor Commission
New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department
New Mexico Department of Public Safety
North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission
North Dakota Office of the State Tax Commissioner
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
South Carolina Department of Revenue & Taxation
South Dakota Department of Revenue
Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Wisconsin Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement
Department of Revenue
Wyoming Liquor Commission
Negociado de Impuesto al Consumo
Subject: Can I use Liquor in the baked goods I sell?
I am writing to learn about the restrictions or requirements for using alcohol in my baked goods/cottage food product. I operate a home-based food business and I would like to add _____________ to my ___________. (State the alcoholic beverage(s) and your product)
- What permits/licenses are needed to use alcohol in my food products?
- What are the specific amounts allowed in food products?
- Is there a cost for the liquor permits/licenses?
- Is it required that I list the alcohol on my food labels?
- How long will it take to receive my permit/license?
- What information am I required to share with the consumer about using alcohol in my food product(s)?
- Does the alcohol permit/license need to be renewed and how often?
Any information you can share is appreciated.
If you are allowed to use alcohol in your cottage foods, keep all permits/licenses and a copy of the email engagement with the state alcohol authorities. Information and permissions may change at any time. Stay in contact with the authorities and don’t assume they will keep you updated.
If you are baking with liquor please post in the comments. We would love to hear from you and learn how you’re using it to enhance the flavor of your products.