As I noticed an unopened can of Rockstar Energy Drink in my fridge this afternoon, I got to thinking about energy drinks in general. What's the appeal of something like Red Bull or Rockstar? What kind of "energy" do you really get from one? And why are they so popular when mixed with hard liquor?
I've only had one experience with Red Bull and it was quite a trip. While attending a party one block away from my house, I decided to try this beloved mix of Red Bull and vodka. Funny thing is, I don't remember if I had one or two cups of this concoction; it was that strong. The whole night was not a blur, but I was pretty buzzed until I went to bed at 3am. I was talking really fast and was not very restrained. And this was with Diet Red Bull.
I think energy drinks would come in handy if you were really tired at work and trying to get through the day. I've had no interest in having one at my job. Sometimes I'll have a half-cup of coffee and that will be enough. As for co-workers, I have yet to see any of them have one. And I work at a place that is manned 24/7/365. I think they would be really popular with students who like to stay up late and cram the night before a test or a paper, but I'm not in high school or college anymore.
I have seen plenty of Red Bull and vodkas ordered at the few bars I regularly go to. They sure are popular, but I wonder how much of an energy boost someone would really want on a late night bar trip. It's as if they mixed Mountain Dew with rum or vodka. What are you going to do after that? Go surfboarding?
Help me out here folks. Do you really enjoy a shot of sugar-filled energy late at night with your alcoholic intake? Is there something about the taste that makes it so tempting to have? What gives?