Red Bull, an Austrian sports drink, combined with a shot of vodka is fast becoming this year's Cosmopolitan. The self-labeled Energy Drink, which boasts a composition of taurine (an amino acid), glucuronolactone (a detoxifying agent), carbohydrates, B-complex vitamins and caffeine, claims to increase "physical stamina" and "mental clarity." That's gotta be a good thing, with all the vodka folks are drinking with it.
The Party Source first starting selling the little 8.5 oz.
silver-and-blue cans about a year ago, before any bars in town had even heard of the sticky, citrus-flavored drink. The store now sells about 600 cans of it a week, at $1.79 per. That's a fairly good price considering most bars that carry the drink mix it with a shot of vodka and sell it for three times the amount.
At Jump Café on Main Street, bartenders serve it up with a shot of Absolut vodka for $5.75. Across the street at Westminster Billiards Club, the mixed drink comes in a beer pint for $6. And at Million's Café in Mount Lookout, customers buy the can for $3, which accomodates at least two mixers. A shot of vodka over ice on the side is an additional $3.25.
One frequent bar patron warned me the stuff puts even a six-pack of Jolt or Mountain Dew to shame: "One drink will keep you up all night."