Powdered alcohol has been legalised in the United States, and may be coming to South Africa early in 2016.
The pioneer behind powdered alcohol is an Arizona-based company called Lipmark, which calls its product Palcohol.
Palcohol was approved by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and U.S. Food and Drug Administration on 10 March 2015.
Using Palcohol is a simple process: you take a sachet of the powdered alcohol, mix it with water, and you have an alcoholic drink.
Lipmark plans on releasing five flavours of Palcohol – vodka, rum, Cosmopolitan, Powderita (Margarita), and Lemon Drop – and is set to start selling them before the end of 2015 in the US.
“Wouldn’t it be great to have alcohol in powder form so all one had to do is add water? Since powder is light and compact, it wouldn’t be a burden to carry,” the Palcohol site states.
Each packet of Palcohol weighs about 28 grams, and contains the same amount of alcohol as “a standard mixed drink”.
Besides the alcoholic powder, the cocktail variants of Palcohol contain sucralose, and are gluten free.
Palcohol coming to SA
MyBroadband contacted Lipmark, which said it plans to ship Palcohol to overseas markets – including South Africa
“Absolutely we plan on distributing it overseas – probably early next year (2016),” said Lipmark.
SA’s Department of Trade and Industry was asked whether powdered alcohol was legal in the country, and whether there would be any restrictions on the import of the product, but it had not replied by the time of publication.
A video detailing Palcohol is embedded below.