Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey has decided the fate of a bill that was signed in 2020 concerning to-go cocktails.

The temporary measure expired on April 1, 2024, but not so fast. On April 30, the governor signed the supplemental budget, which included a key provision to permanently allow cocktails to-go for local businesses and adult consumers.

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“During the pandemic, cocktails to-go were a critical source of revenue for many businesses, and now, the increased convenience and stability they offer is permanent,” said Andy Deloney, the senior vice president and head of state public policy at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. “We applaud the Legislature and Governor Healey for supporting Massachusetts businesses and consumers by making cocktails to-go permanent.”

Massachusetts is now the 27th state to make the idea permanent.

Rhode Island decided to make it permanent back in 2022.

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According to legislation, customers can buy up to 64 ounces of a mixed cocktail alongside a food purchase. The drinks must be kept in a sealed container and transported in the trunk of a car or a place not considered the passenger area.

It’s a big win for local businesses that sell alcohol, and the Distilled Spirits Council is confident that local businesses will continue to sell to-go cocktails safely.

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

Cheers, Massachusetts!

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