NEW ATOMIK VODKA, COMING SOON FROM THE CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE?
So who doesn’t like vodka? Please, everyone loves vodka. Ice cold, straight up or mixed with pretty much anything you can imagine. We’ve all been there and we’ve all done that (mix, remix, repeat). But what about drinking vodka made from grain that grew in the all-too disturbing Chernobyl Exclusion Zone? That’s right. Chernobyl, that nuclear disaster that’s still with us and will be for… quite a few years to come. But this is real, though it’s not available to you quite yet. The vodka’s name is, not surnucleprisingly, Atomik. It’s sure to go to your head, and then some.
CHERNOBYL SPIRIT COMPANY MADE THIS VODKA WITH GRAINS AND WATER NEAR CHERNOBYL
But it’s not just grain from the exclusion zone that’s in Atomik. It’s also water from the same terrifying place. But Atomik is no casual creation. It comes from the work and collaboration of scientists from both the Ukraine as well as the United Kingdom. The Chernobyl Spirit Company brewed the “high quality artisan vodka.” Yowza. But so far, there is only one bottle of this radiation zone brew. But this to-date one bottle product may just revolutionize how we use and reclaim the Exclusion Zone. Even though it’ not for sale yet, it is the first commercial product to come from the Chernobyl area since, well, it melted down.
COULD ATOMIK VODKA PAVE THE WAY TO RECLAIM THIS DEPRESSED, IRRADIATED REGION?
So yes, we are talking about hot-to-cold. But in a good way! According to the Chernobyl Spirit Company’s website, “More than thirty years after the accident, we believe that what these areas need most is economic development and management of the unique wildlife resource the abandoned areas represent.” Damn straight. Ukraine has a host of issues we won’t get into here. But the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown made a depressed economy even worse, which remains true today. Considering that 116,000 people evacuated the area at first, followed by another 220,000 who also needed to resettle elsewhere, this is a step in the right direction.