Statement from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

“By extending cocktails to-go, Governor Cuomo will provide a critical lifeline to local hospitality businesses that continue to struggle with the devastating impacts of COVID-19,” said Jay Hibbard, DISCUS Vice President of State Government Relations. “This extension will give additional stability to restaurants and bars. We thank the governor for his continued support of local businesses. Cocktails to-go are intended for home consumption, and we encourage establishments to adhere to the guidelines.”


As reported in the Albany Times Union, Governor Andrew Cuomo is said to issue a new executive order that will extend a previous measure put in place on March 17 to allow cocktails to-go from bars and restaurants. The new extension is reported to last for at least another 30 days.

Currently, more than 30 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go, bottled spirits to-go or both. Some states, including Texas, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Iowa and the District of Columbia, are considering making these policies permanent.

The distilled spirits industry is committed to responsibility and encourages moderation for adults who choose to drink alcohol. Cocktails to-go are intended for home consumption. Laws governing alcohol consumption must always be observed.