‘Atomik’ vodka is made from grain grown at Chernobyl


(CNN) – You probably aren’t planning to visit Chernobyl any time soon, but that doesn’t have to mean you can’t get a taste of it. 

A team of scientists from the U.K. and Ukraine have created a vodka distilled from rye grown in the exclusion zone near the site of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant. It’s also made from water pulled from the area’s aquifer. 

So, would you be insane to drink what they are calling Atomik vodka? The makers say no. They admit the grain starts out radioactive but claim the distillation process removes the dangerous isotopes. They even say they had a university lab double-check, and the spirit got the “a-ok” for being fallout-free. 

They are hoping to release the vodka to the public in limited supply, where it will have to compete with liquors that were never radioactive. 

The Chernobyl spirit company says it will donate 75% of its profits to people who still live in the area.

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