The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division on Thursday announced new rules on to-go mixed drinks or cocktails.
In June, the Iowa Legislature approved a bill to legalize sales of to-go mixed alcoholic drinks and Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill into law.
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Rules announced Thursday now clarify how businesses must handle sales of these drinks and how customers must keep them sealed while driving.
The state said new rules prohibit the sale of mixed drinks or cocktails to-go in paper or Styrofoam cups, or plastic cups that are intended for one-time use. Lids with straw holes or sipping holes are also prohibited from being used.
“Containers of mixed drinks or cocktails to-go must also bear a seal that makes it visibly apparent when that seal has been tampered with,” the division said through a news release. “The types of sealing methods allowed under the rules are heat shrink wrap bands around the cap or lid, twist-top caps that break apart when the container is opened, or vacuum or heat-sealed pouches containing the mixed drink or cocktail.”
Drivers can also face a penalty for having or consuming an open container in their vehicle.
“Customers transporting mixed drinks or cocktails to-go that are not in compliance with the rules in the passenger area of a motor vehicle could face a fine of $200 for an open container violation,” ABD officials said.
The state said sellers found to be out of compliance can also face civil penalties, license suspension or license revocation.
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