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Vodka produced in Chernobyl exclusion zone

By T.K. Randall
August 8, 2019 · Comment icon 13 comments

Would you drink vodka made around Chernobyl ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Ben Fairless
A special type of 'artisan vodka' has been made from rye grown in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Named 'Atomik', the peculiar beverage was developed by an international team of scientists and contains both water and rye sourced from the irradiated area around the nuclear power plant.

Although the rye is "slightly contaminated", the end product is supposedly safe to drink.

"This is no more radioactive than any other vodka," said Prof Jim Smith from the University of Portsmouth.

"Any chemist will tell you, when you distil something, impurities stay in the waste product. So we took rye that was slightly contaminated and water from the Chernobyl aquifer and we distilled it."
"We asked our friends at Southampton University, who have an amazing radio-analytical laboratory, to see if they could find any radioactivity."

"They couldn't find anything - everything was below their limit of detection."

Even so, convincing consumers to purchase the vodka is likely going to be an uphill struggle.

Source: BBC News | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado 5 years ago
I'd try it.  One shot and you'll be glowing.  What's not to like about looking radiant!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Timothy 5 years ago
It’s Ukraine. The claw is what you don’t want to go close to... Have you seen it? What they used to disassemble the reactors and housing?  A lovely massive solid mechanical metal claw!  It’s sat in the forest, and still apparently the most radioactive thing you can get to. Just sat in a non-de location in the forest. I don’t think the location of the claw is easy to find, or publicly available (pls let me know if is, I haven’t pushed for it). But I would love to tour the buildings and the exclusion zone. Such an amazing and surreal place.  The wildlife has bounced back and now it... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Impedancer 5 years ago
And you probably grow an extra arm or two could be handy
Comment icon #7 Posted by Herr Falukorv 5 years ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by DanL 5 years ago
The only problem that I would have with drinking it is that it is VODKA. YUUUK! I wonder if they could make some atomic Tequila?
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 5 years ago
There were thousands of people who wanted to drink the putrid water of an Egyptian sarcophagus. We have the Darwin awards. A Guinness record looms. Just think of this as chlorinating the gene pool.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago
Latest: Chernobyl alcohol drink seized by authorities The first bottles of an "artisanal spirit" made using apples grown near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant have been seized by Ukrainian authorities. The Chernobyl Spirit Company said 1,500 bottles of Atomik alcoholic drink were confiscated on 19 March and taken to the Kyiv Prosecutor's office. Officers took the shipment from a truck at a distillery in the Carpathians. The spirit, its producers say, is Chernobyl's first consumer product since the 1986 nuclear disaster.
Comment icon #11 Posted by moonman 3 years ago
If it isn't radioactive it's probably fine. Did they check it?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Manwon Lender 3 years ago
That's pretty cool, you can order a Vodka on the Rock that Glows in the Dark!!!!!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 3 years ago
somehow this make think of Fallout nuka nuka vodka 

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