Rockstar Zero Carb Energy Drink: Surprisingly Drinkable
The bright blue can clearly states "Double Size, Double Strength." The 16-ounce can feels massive in my hands, like it could be used as a bludgeon if the contents don't do the job. The labeling along the top of the can promises a blend of caffeine, green tea, yerba mate, b-vitamins, and taurine. I convince myself, thanks to the b-vitamins, that this will be good for my health.
One hour after drinking: Let's just say it has done the job. Perhaps it's doing too good a job actually, as the jitters are setting in. It's a lot like I remember a fourth-grade sugar high feeling, awake, alert, and hyper a bit beyond comfort.
Three hours after drinking: The only thing constant over the last couple hours have been the tremors running across my hands. My energy levels go up and down, I find my mind wandering a little more than usual, and I'm reminded of the strawberry taste every time I burp. Kinda gross.
Five hours after drinking: It feels like I've just gone 12 rounds with Steve McQueen. Whatever artificial energy the drink gave me is not only gone, it seems like my body is rebelling against itself and shutting down organ by organ.
While the energy provided by this drink came on fast and stuck around for a few hours, the pendulum swings back pretty hard and zaps any remaining energy in my body.
This isn't the easiest energy drink to find. Almost every gas station, nightclub, and grocery store sells a few energy drink staples: Red Bull, Monster, and NOS. Many of these stores carry Rockstar, but finding the bright blue zero carb can is challenging. I found this can at a CVS store for just a shade under $3.