A while ago, I linked to an item entitled powdered alcohol, which promised a flavorless alcohol powder that you can stir into any applicable beverage. I later found out that the makers are no longer selling the product (after I had predicted there wouldn’t be a big enough market for it), and I thought the the fad had gone by the way side (even though I do get about one hit a week based on the keywords ‘powdered alcohol’).
Today, I found something else while scouring the food blogs…Food Goat was linking to a an article about flavorful alcohol that was neither liguid nor solid, but a gas! The product called AWOL (an acronym for Alcohol WithOut Liquid) is a process in which user chooses which alcoholic spirit will be used and the alcoholic spirit is loaded into a diffuser capsule in the machine. The oxygen bubbles are then passed through the capsule, absorbing the alcohol, before being inhaled through a tube. The resultant cloudy alcohol vapor is then inhaled from the end of the tube via a device that converts liquid to vapor over a twenty minute period.
Can you get drunk? Well, yes and no. The machine distributes the alocohol slowly, so you cannot pound ‘em like the more serious drinkers can. But apparently there is a slight feeling of well being that comes after taking the appropriate hits. And if you look at their FAQ, you can see that there are some very stringent concerns about over-indulgence, including a disclaimer about mis-use of the machine that delivers the gas.
But unlike the powdered alcohol, I do see a market for these machines. There’s no way in hell they’ll replace the tried and true delivery mechanism of alcohol (Over the mouth and through the gums, look out stomach, here it comes!), but there is a gimmick market for this, much in the same way there is a market for oxygen bars. If a bar is willing to shell out three to four grand on the machine (which, I suspect, is VERY hackable), then you might see these soon in your local over priced night club.