While KY banned powdered alcohol by state statute effective July 2016, alcoholic beverages may soon be available in capsules or powdered form in states whereas powdered alcohol bans are not in place, and could still make its way in Kentucky -- BE AWARE!

On March 10, 2015, the U.S. Alcohol Tobacco and Trade Bureau approved the revised labels for a new powdered alcohol called Palcohol, allowing the product to be sold legally in the United States, unless otherwise prohibited.

Numerous public health concerns have been raised in the U.S. since powdered alcohol was initially approved as a product in the U.S. meant for human consumption.

What is Powdered Alcohol? (NABCA)

  • Alcohol is absorbed by a sugar derivative (dextrin)
  • Through the encapsulation process, capsules of powdered alcohol are created
  • The capsule can become a liquid alcoholic product when dissolved in water, but the capsule may also be swallowed. 

What is Palcohol? (Palcohol.com)

  • The makers of Palcohol, say their powdered versions of vodka, rum and three instant cocktails will appeal to backpackers and others who want a lightweight, more portable form of liquor. (Palcohol.com)
  • 55% Alcohol by Weight (10% Alcohol by Volume when added to 200 ml of water or a non-alcoholic mixer)
  • Palcohol will be available in five versions sold in a pouch that is the equivalent to one shot of alcohol (*Note: A more potent formula could be obtained by combining multiple packets or snorting the powder.):
  1. V which is powder made from premium vodka distilled four times
  2. R which is powder made from premium Puerto Rican rum
  3. Cosmopolitan “Instant Cocktail”
  4. Powderita “Instant Cocktail” - tastes just like a Margarita
  5. Lemon Drop “Instant Cocktail”
  • Palcohol is owned by a privately held company called Lipsmark 
  • Palcohol is alcohol in solid form, and can be sold anywhere (as permitted by state regulations) where liquor can be sold and a buyer must be 21 years of age to legally purchase it in the U.S. 
  • Each powdered alcohol packet or bag is the equivalent of about 80 calories