So today my teenage son bought me an energy drink. Now this might strike some as irresponsible, and others as just plain strange. Why, if I am the caffeine expert, does my son feel the urge to spend his money on making sure I am well caffeinated? Well, being close to someone so into caffeine has its price. My son now knows the difference between energy drinks and coffee, has a litany of explanations to his teachers as to why it is OK for him to be slugging down Monster energy drinks by the dozen – and knows more about caffeine and its effects than most 40 year olds I know.
So when he saw me flagging after spending a day christmas shopping in the pink aisles of a toy store – he knew JUST what to get for me; one of his favorites – a Rockstar Punch Citrus energy drink.
I am in love with diamond plating. Don’t know why – but there is something about those little diamonds that make me think of all things rugged and burly. When I was building out my 186cc custom harley scooter, I covered every inch I could with shiny custom-cut diamond Plating. Nothing helps get over an aisle full of toys with brands like cutesy lover nicknames, like Weezles, Schmoopsies, Wuzzles and all that crap like having one of these to help me through the aisles. I think I might like Rockstar’s new look just because they carried my favorite pattern into an energy drink layout.
But they also do lots of other stuff right too. They list the caffeine and all the other energy drink ingredients, they double face the can and position the lid accordingly, and even make their drink tab unique! Their paragraph about the drink is not even inane – but small and straight to the point. Everything about this drink’s design is very well thought out and works very very nicely.
This citrus flavor is a bunch more different than other citrus drinks you have had. Rockstar citrus punch is less like a Squirt or 7 Up, and a whole lot more like grapefruit with sugar on top. I certainly liked this more than the original punched flavor, more than most citrus flavors on the whole. It is saying something that I would choose this over any grapefruit or pineapple soda, and maybe even like it more than Mountain Dew!
The only thing is that all the uber sweetness makes this a little hard to finish. The heavy sugar content gives this drink a heft that really weighs it down. I would LOVE to see this same flavor done – only with no sugar and much less calories. I think a sugar free citrus punch would be about the best thing in the whole entire energy drink universe.
Like the other Rockstar Punches and Juices, all that rush comes on quick, punching you in the face with a boatload of caffeine and sugar – enough to get even the slothiest sloths up and moving. There is a healthy 240mg of caffeine packed in here, along with a whopping 62 grams of sugar! 62 grams of sugar is a tremendous amount – equal to 13 teaspoons in one drink. Actually, according to Cha Cha, The FDA declared that one can of this is the maximum safe amount of added sugar per day. So don’t even think of going for another soda or candy or even a slice of bread, because that will tip you over and you might just become a sugary version of Lot’s wife.
As you can imagine, all that sugar leads to one gigantic sugar/caffeine crash – but in a way it is totally worth it . For al the milk thistle, vitamin B packed goodness in here – the rush is definitely worth the crash.