I don't understand the chemistry, but there is apparently a product available and that has just been approved in the US called "powdered alcohol", also known as "palcohol". I couldn't imagine that adding water to something would yield a product with alcohol, but apparently what happens is the water releases the alcohol that is captured in the chemical compound.
According to food chemist Udo Pollmer of the European Institute of Food and Nutrition Sciences in Munich, alcohol can be absorbed in cyclodextrines, a sugar derivate. In this way, encapsuled in small capsules, the fluid can be handled as a powder. The cyclodextrines can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcohol. A US patent has been registered for the process as early as 1974.
However, 2M2B is one of few alcohols potent enough for practical use. The potency allows a dosage to be delivered in a small number of capsules, which effectively eliminates the burning taste. ...
In spring of 2014 a company called palcahol announced it will be marketing powered alcohol in the fall.
Imagine the headaches palcohol can cause for many, many events.
- Ballparks selling 3% beer will find people can get drunk by adding some capsules to the beer.
- Tailgating need not end in the parking lot
- Unscrupulous folks could drop a capsule in the drink of a date, friend, partner, enemy, etc.
- In suppository form, it gives a whole new meaning to "butt-chugging".
- No more corkage fees in restaurants: "No thanks. I'll just have water. Okay if I use it to 'take some medication'?"
- More drunks on airplanes? help us, please!
- More schoolyard drunks? "Psst. Hey, kid, try this..."
- Increased instances of alcohol poisoning, especially among teens?
- Some preachers will be confident that Jesus knew how to do this long ago.