What is Powdered Alcohol?

What is Powdered Alcohol? Is Powdered alcohol good for you? Powdered alcohol is a type of alcohol product generally made via microencapsulation. When one adds water to the powder, it becomes an alcoholic beverage. Powdered booze was popular throughout the history of America for many years. However, many mysteries were left behind. That is, until now.

What is Powdered Alcohol?


Although the substance sounds like it is relatively new to the world, it’s actually not so new. A veritable litany of research and legal disputes by the NABCA makes powdered alcohol’s existence practically as familiar as an old, rowdy drinking buddy.

Many may wonder how far back one can trace the history of the powdery substance. With a little research, one can find out that, back in the 19th century, the famous substance was a sort of complementary accessory to the dining experience.

This novelty was carried on down the years to the 20th century when powdered alcohol was found in food products. One may be surprised at discovering that powdered alcohol was used in food products, as it had not as of yet been used to create alcoholic beverages.


It wasn’t until the mid-70s that testing began, and proponents of the powder began the struggle patenting the product. In the end, it was banned. Heavy black market use began.

So the idea of ‘powdered alcohol’ is nothing new. Nevertheless, throughout the years, society slowly realized another potential for the concept: flavor powder. Despite its lackluster appeal or harmless guise, any use of the powdered alcohol design still required permission by the FDA.

Initial suspicions were that the FDA would approve it. However, they later issued a statement saying that they had been looking at the non-alcohol ingredients instead, and they would issue neither approval nor a test.

The authority lay mostly with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax And Trade Bureau (TTB) but in terms of the other mentioned ingredients, it seemed to be in accordance with the FDA’s rules. So it is no surprise that in April 2014, the TTB approved labels for the product; Palcohol.


Two weeks after the TTB renewed its commitment, it admitted that it had made a mistake. It could be due to the fact that, at the time, two states had regulations in place that would not allow the sale of the product.

As time passed, other states also began prohibiting the product as well. Powdered alcohol was also already banned in several states while officials juggled the labyrinthine processes of the product’s legal approval and the approval’s detraction and misrepresentation(s). The product will likely never be in the stores of most of the states.