Earlier this week, the United States Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau granted approval for a new form of alcohol named, Palcohol. This new product is an alcohol powder that is currently set to debut in four convenient flavors – Lemon Drop, Mojito, Powderita (supposedly takes just like a margarita), and Cosmopolitan. Invented by an avid sportsman on the go, Mark Phillips, who wanted to have an alcoholic drink when he was backpacking and didn’t want to have to pack around the extra liquor or bottles. So, with a little bit of research and science, he was able to invent the first powdered form of alcohol that only needs some water or liquid to create an alcoholic drink with an equal alcohol content as its real alcohol mixed counterpart. As stated from the Q&A section of the Palcohol website, “What is the alcoholic content when consuming it? Palcohol, when used as directed, by adding five ounces of liquid to it, is equal to a standard mixed drink.” Palcohol is set to debut sometime this fall and will be sold wherever you can find liquor and other alcoholic beverages.
Not only will this new form of alcohol be convenient and easy to transport, but it will also come with a whole new set of questions by law enforcement and government officials on how to regulate it. Since it is a powder, yet carries the same amount of alcohol percentage by volume as its normal mixed drink counterpart, one would expect that Palcohol would apply to the open container law here in Colorado. In addition, because of its easy transportability due to its powdered form, there are new growing concerns regarding screening criteria with the TSA and security regulated events such as concerts and public events.
Additionally, the makers of Palcohol have stated that they have been experimenting with mixing the powdered alcohol into different food forms for an added “alcoholic kick”. Such creations they have been experimenting with include the Powderita flavor in guacamole and the Cosmopolitan flavor on a salad. While it certainly will create an alcoholic form of food, it is good to remember to drink (or in this case, remember to eat) responsibly and to plan out a safe ride solution if you are going to partake.
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