Wanna make powdered alcohol in your kitchen? The recipe is quite simple.

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.

Voila! You’ve got powdered booze. You can stir it into water or another mixer to taste, to make a delicious sippable; sprinkle it on food (rum powder is great on desserts); or just lick a little bit of powder off your finger for the novelty. Be careful: it’s highly flammable! Don’t get it anywhere near a flame.

Got that? Not that I have any use for powdered alcohol, which probably tastes awful and seems pointless (unless the goal is to defeat searches for booze or other similar reasons which are not especially relevant to me).

What piqued my curiosity about this was reading about the federal government’s apparent claim that powdered alcohol is illegal.

What’s the basis for their position? Except possibly in California, here are no laws prohibiting powdered alcohol, yet the FDA bureaucracy seems to think that anything it hasn’t specifically approved is illegal.

Sounds to me like the un-American notion that everything is forbidden, except that which is specifically permitted by law.