Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal and Ready to Be Smuggled into Your Favorite Sport Event or Concert

For eons, turning water into wine has been regarded as “a miracle.” Now, with a little help from science, anyone can use regular agua – or your favorite fruit juice – to make actual booze. This, thanks to an Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ruling that now makes powdered alcohol, sold under the brand name Palcohol, totally legal. 


The basics are simple. Palcohol is alcohol that’s been freeze-dried, reducing it to a powder. You know, like Tang, but made of booze. Each small package is equivalent to a shot of alcohol. Manufacturers recommend you add six ounces of any liquid, and voila!—you’ve got a mixed drink. For now, it comes in five versions: vodka, rum, cosmopolitan, margarita and lemon drop. 

No longer will humankind have to debate with itself the best way to smuggle alcohol into sports events and concerts. Gone are the days of flasks shaped like smartphones, cameras, binoculars and breasts. We have entered a new era in which teenagers – the brains behind trends such as snorting liquid alcohol – can concoct all new and terrible ways to get drunk.

The website recommends not just drinking it, but also using it on your food, although there is this note: “Beer, wine and spirits are often added to dishes to enhance the flavor. When you add Palcohol to food, you're not really adding flavor to the dish, just alcohol.” Good to know. 

Oh – and per the website, it’s gluten free.

Palcohol’s manufacturer, a company named Lipsmark, says it expects to begin selling the product in stores this summer. Since it’s basically hard alcohol in a package, you can expect to find it wherever alcohol is sold.

Several states have already banned powdered alcohol, including Vermont, South Carolina, Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana and Michigan.

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