How to Make Powdered Alcohol at Home in Three Easy Steps


A few days ago we reported that HOORAY, Powdered Booze is Here! A product called Palcohol will come in six flavors and change the way we booze forever. Two days  later, however, we reported that WHOOPS, Powdered Booze Was Not Approved and Shit, crushing the hearts and souls of no less than MILLIONS. Today, we report that you, John Q. Citizen, can make your own powdered booze at home, and this time we hopefully won’t report that NO YOU CAN’T in two days.

To clarify, we’re not saying you should make powdered alcohol at home, we’re just saying you could. But thanks to the life-changers at Popular Science, you definitely can. Probably. You know, unless you’re really stupid or something.

Anyway, according to Popular Science, these are the steps to make your own powdered booze.

The only way to make unadulterated alcohol into a powder would be to freeze it solid. The temperature required to do that would destroy your tongue when you ate it though, not to mention certain other logistical concerns. The trick, therefore, is to start with a highly sorbent powder as a base, and add alcohol to it — just enough so that the alcohol is fully soaked up, but the powder remains powdery.

The best easily obtainable powder I’ve found for this purpose is a specially modified starch, a maltodextrin made from tapioca and sold under the name N-Zorbit M.

1. Weigh out 100 grams of N-Zorbit into a mixing bowl. Because the powder is so fluffy and light, this will be a sizeable mound.

2. While whisking steadily, drizzle in 30 grams of high-proof spirit. I use Lemon Hart 151-proof rum. After you’ve stirred it in completely, the powder should be dry, but somewhat chunky. If it’s still moist, sprinkle in a little more N-Zorbit.

3. Sift the dry liquor through a fine sieve to break up the chunks and make a nice powder. If you’re making a larger batch, you can do it in a blender and step 3 won’t be necessary.

There you have it. Powdered Booze 101 brought to you by scientists, so you know its good. Also, Popular Science wars that this shit is highly flammable so don’t go lighting your farts around your stash of powdered booze.

Head over to Popular Science for more information. 

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