New Jersey

NJ Alcohol Beverage Control Announces Restaurants Caught Selling Mislabeled Liquor

Including in one case rubbing alcohol and food coloring masquerading as scotch


On the hunt for cheap booze—or worse—investigators fanned out around the state ordering drinks at restaurants and bars. And they found they didn't always get what they asked for – and in one place, they got coloring and rubbing alcohol masquerading as scotch.

On Thursday, state law enforcement authorities detailed Operation Swill, which identified 29 restaurants around New Jersey, s, including a dozen TGI Friday's locations, that were alleged to have filled bottles of premium brand liquor with cheaper brands.