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After Prohibition was lifted, California disallowed “rectification” of distilled spirits to protect consumers from “bad, homemade booze.” The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control advised in 2008 that they defined rectification as “any process or procedure whereby distilled spirits are cut, blended, mixed or infused with any ingredient.” The clarification put infusions, such as vodka flavored by bartenders adding fruit and vegetables, in violation of the law. State Senator Mark Leno has introduced a bill that will permit “the artisanal practice of making small amounts of spirits flavored with fruits, vegetables and spices.” Leno likes his vodka clear, but he’s looking out for his constituents in San Francisco.

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