Food & Drink

Powdered alcohol exists, but The Man won't let you have it

Powdered booze
Kevin Alexander

Now that any formalities have collapsed and we're drinking wine out of cans, it was only a matter of time before powdered alcohol became a very real thing. The food scientists at Palcohol have been hard at work developing six varieties of powdered booze -- vodka, rum, cosmopolitan, mojito, lemon drop, and powderita -- that would put an end to cocktail spills forever. For a brief, surreal moment, it looked like The Man was pretty cool with it. That moment was short-lived: after the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau initially approved Palcohol, they flip-flopped and said it was a mistake. Shenanigans!

Palcohol says the error was due to a label snafu, and still expects their products to hit shelves this Fall, but health experts are taking advantage of the lull to sound some Four Loko-esque alarms -- chief among them that people will snort the stuff. We won't be able to name a victor in this fight until the TTTB makes a decision on the resubmitted labels, so until then you'll just have to get by on booze with powder in it.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and would like to know where the powdered whiskey is. Follow her to happy hour at @kristin_hunt.