One of the tiniest tragedies of my life is that I never drank Four Loko before it was banned. This was a deliberate decision. Though I’m a big fan of bad ideas, mixing caffeine with alcohol is monumentally stupid, the equivalent of coating Peter Luger steak in ketchup or supporting Sarah Palin.
By incorporating caffeine into the alcoholic mix, you’re both wide-awake and wildly wasted, seemingly kept moving by marionette strings. Want another analogy? Red Bull gives you wings, keeping you flying high long after you should’ve crashed. I never fancied the cloying, chemical tang of Red Bull, so named because it contains amino acid taurine, which was discovered in bull bile. Make mine a double, and I’ll see you at 6 a.m.! Continue reading