Alcoholic Energy Drinks: The List

By Caffeine Informer Staff

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Alcoholic energy drinks are almost impossible to find these days since, for the most part, they have been forced off the market by the FDA and other governing bodies.

They originally became popular in the second half of the last decade, but by 2010 warning letters were sent out by the FDA and these alcohol and caffeine beverages began to disappear.

Some have simply changed their formulation to no longer contain caffeine such as Four Loko, while others have ceased production.

Caffeine and alcohol RTD beverages may still be available in some other countries, but they are pretty much non-existant in the USA.

Alcohol and Caffeine Based Drinks

Alcoholic Energy Drink NameStatus
Four LokoChanged formula
MoonshotDiscontinued
MAX VibeDiscontinued
JOOSEDiscontinued
Liquid ChargeDiscontinued
COREChanged formula
Rockstar 21Discontinued
3SUMDiscontinued
SparksChanged formula
TorqueDiscontinued
Molson KICKDiscontinued
TILTChanged Formula
Budweiser EDiscontinued
24/7Discontinued
SpykesDiscontinued
Mate Vesa (yerba mate beer)Available
3 A.M. Vodka (Vodka, caffeine, taurine, guarana)Available

As you can see from the above list, alcohol/energy drink hybrids are pretty much a thing from the past. The only way you will find a beverage that has alcohol and caffeine combined RTD is if you choose a craft beer. Mate Vesa is one such beer made with yerba mate for natural caffeine.

Other craft beers are made with coffee and would also have small amounts of caffeine. These would be far from being called energy drinks, though, and do not have to follow the guidelines set forth by the FDA.

Mixed Drinks Using Alcohol and Energy Drinks

vodka-redbullRed bull’s claim to fame was not because of those seeking a pure caffeine rush, but rather their ingenious marketing to the bar tending industry.

Vodka Red Bull quickly became the go to cocktail among party goers who wanted to be able to party longer and since then, there have been all kinds of drinks invented with other energy drink  brands trying to get their piece of the pie.

A study out of Wake Forest Medical Center has been looking into this energy drink mixed with alcohol fad in order to see what negative effects it has created. The study revealed the following;

  • Students who drank the mix were likely to be come more intoxicated and become intoxicated twice as often.
  • Students were twice as likely to be injured on this concoction.
  • They were twice as likely to ride with a drunken driver.
  • They were also twice as likely to be taken advantage of sexually or take advantage of someone else.

The researchers believe that the high doses of caffeine mask your body’s natural ways of letting you know you’ve consumed too much alcohol, therefore, people tend to drink way more than they should.

Cases of teen alcohol abuse are bad enough, but incidents of teens mixing alcohol and other stimulants such as energy drinks make things worse.

This really was clever marketing on Red Bull’s behalf and I can see why the alcohol industry was quick to embrace it. If you can somehow bypass the body’s natural defense mechanisms concerning alcohol tolerance, then you can increase your bar sales by almost double.

Caffeine and Hard Liquor a New Trend?

Recently it has come to our attention that some hard liquors are now being infused with caffeine. One such product has been added above; 3 A.M. Vodka, which is a soybean vodka infused with caffeine, taurine, and guarana.

It will be interesting to see how long this type of alcohol and energy hybrid will avoid FDA scrutiny.

No Alcohol and Caffeine Drinks in Database

Here at Caffeine Informer headquarters we made a deliberate decision – some time ago – to exclude caffeinated alcoholic drinks from the caffeine database. This is a site about energy… and alcohol is a depressant.

The term “alcoholic energy drink” is an oxymoron. There is a large body of research showing that drunk person plus caffeine still equals drunk person. So, hey, we’re just not going there – okay?

Do you know of any alcoholic energy drinks still on the market in the USA? If so tell us about them in the comments below.

  • sdp

    spykes has to be the least appealing beverage ive seen recently @_x

  • Chief2hairs

    I thought the budweiser “b to the e” was taken off the market.. maybe they brought it back in a can form lke in the pic; beause i haven’t seen the bottles in a while..

  • bill p

    That lucrative energy drink market is just too tempting.

    Well, that and the popularity of using Red Bull as a mixer. And the unsubstantiated belief that mixing alchohol w/ an energy drink reduces or eliminates a hangover.

  • Crysta

    When was Spykes banned? I went to the Budweiser Brewery two weeks ago and they were still selling them/giving away free samples.

  • Caffeine Fiend

    @Crysta – I’ve changed the wording. It was not banned. Anheuser-Busch chose to cease production due to poor sales and a lot of criticism (well that’s their spin anyway).

  • http://blog.porkabilly.com brett

    Well it makes sense. I often drink lots of energy drinks before a night of drinking so that I can stay up later, drink more, and enjoy a long night.
    Although I will say mixing sparks with vodka, although tastes like a mamossa, will make you become a problem for other people if you consume more than 4.

  • senior

    they habe spykes at my local beach gas station

  • Emanuel Adebayor

    Caffinated alcoholic beverages are for jag-offs and commies. What ever happened to good ol’ drinks like Tab and New Coke?

  • Guan-Wen

    TAB IS SHIT… IMO

  • Magnus

    My friend once chased Sparks with Steel Reserve and than BAM-three years later-herpes.

    He actually just ran around, more hyper than usual.

  • Burzum Q. Blackmetal

    Sparks is great if you like being drunk and violent.

  • Marisset

    omg Torque is unbelievable and Jägerbombs may be weak but they’re the shit.

  • James

    Torque by far has the best taste then most of these drinks that are shown here. Torque just has the unique taste about it and looks cool.

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  • Kenny

    I’ve never tasted any of the alcoholic brands, matter of fact, I’ve never tasted anything else besides RedBull. However, I’m just curious as to who manufactures these alcoholic brands. Do they do Private Label, I know an awesome market (with no drinking age) that I could make a killing with it if I can get my own brand label.

  • Jim

    Oh my god, four is the worst drink i’ve ever had….even just a sip makes you want to puke. and if you do manage to hold down atleast half a can, it consistently gives you intense heartburn. not to mention the fact that the crap doesn’t give any kind of buzz whatsoever- so the ‘wormwood oil’ should be relabeled as ’snake oil’…..

    what complete crap and waste of money

  • redstar energy007

    that sparks make me feel MORE ENERGY JUST LIKE REDSTAR…!!!!

    MMMM…..feel ‘kick’ if u mix with ‘Kavarschy’(vodka)…

  • http://djleller.tripod.com DJ Leller

    I love sparks. They’re great tasting and give a good buzz.

  • erin

    sparks and tilt have both been banned now…. what other beverages havent been banned (at least in the US anyways) i dont understand… they said they were marketing these 2 beverages to kids but i never once saw an advertisement for these 2 beverages. i was just in the store buying beer and saw them and was like i think ill give these a try. and i loved them but i can no longer buy them. :(

    so if anyone knows of any other beverages like these that i can still buy in the states please let me know!

  • MR. COOK

    WHATS THE BIG DEAL. IF YOU JUST GO AND GRAB SOMETHING OUT OF THE ALCOHOL SIDE OF THE FREEZER AT YOUR LOCAL LIQUOR STORE AND DONT EXPECT IT TO BE ALCOHOL…..YOUR A DUMBASS. AS FOR TEH NAIL POLISH SHOT THAT ADVERTISING GURU SHOULD HAVE STOPPED SNIFFING NAILPOLISH AND CAME OUT WITH A BETTER CONTAINER. I PERSONALLY LIKE TILT ORANGE AND SHIT ON SPARKS. THE COMPANY I WORK FOR IS THROWING OUT EMAIL LEFT ANFD RIGHT ABOUT CONTRACTERS HAVING THESE DRINKS ON LOCATIONS. THATS HOW I CAME TO THIS FORUM AND DAMN DAMN DAMN…….. DRINK AT HOME DRINK TO GET DRUNK AND KEEP OUT FROM BEHIND THE STEERING WHEEL AND EVERYBODY SHOULD GET ALONG BETTER.

    LADIES…….IF YOU WOULD KEEP QUIET YOU WOULDNT GET HIT EITHER!

Last Modified: January 9, 2014