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
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."