Function: Alternative Energy Drink

So I received this box of  Strawberry Function Alternative Energy Drink to review which also includes a handwritten note.

The note gives me a brief description about the drink.  It explains that Function is “designed to kick in over time, a true time released formula that lasts 6-8 hours for most people”.

The Function Energy Drink founder (Dr. Alex Hughes) wanted a energy formula that wouldn’t give him the shakes during surgery and wouldn’t have a built in crash.  So let’s put this drink to the ultimate test…


The taste isn’t as strong as I would like, yet may be perfect for others.  Taste kind of like a watered down Gatorade.  Very smooth, no carbonation makes it very easy to throw down.   More of a Guava flavor than strawberry, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Function Energy Drink Ingredients

Rolling with just 120 calories, function provides its energy from a 300mg proprietary blend of Caffeine, Muira Puama extract, Catuaba extract, Epimedium extract, Guarana extract and Yerba Mate extract (much different then you will find in any other energy drink).  Also contains about 50% of your daily value of a number of different vitamins. (The older version of Alternative Energy had 70mg of caffeine per 17oz bottle and this hasn’t been changed.)


I did get a very high level of alertness without the jittery feelings that they promoted Function Alternative Energy as delivering, yet it didn’t last no where near the 6-8 hours they proclaimed, maybe my energy missed the time release memo as it lasted roughly 60-75 minutes before fading without any sort of crash.

Function Alternative Energy Verdict

As my normal everyday energy drink to get me through another work day or give me that much needed boost to hang Christmas lights, Function isn’t the drink.  Yet I can definitely see me drinking function before and during a workout and/or basketball game to not only keep me hydrated, but to give me that extra boost without the carbonation of other drinks.  I would easy replace a Gatorade or Powerade with Function Alternative Energy Drink before replacing my standard goto energy drink.

Reviewed by Brandon Trouten

Drinks are reviewed by an independent drink reviewer and do not necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of this site.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m a big fan of Vitamin Water Energy. Unlike other energy drinks which die after an hour and make you want to sleep, it keeps me elevated for a good 4-5 hours before fading off.

  • Energyfreak

    Vitamin Water Energy drink or Alternative Energy have no effect on me. Chug them, still no effect. I am a huge energy drink freak but the only problem is for me, is the headaches and crashes. When are they going to make a energy drink that doesn’t do all that??

  • Steve

    The function alternative energy worked great for me. It lasted me about 5 hours. I wasn’t completely wired but it gave me the boost I needed to get a bunch of my homework done.

  • banks

    energy freak that i am tried this product and was fully satisfied. Not the high energy and jitters i get from others, served me well and now new drink for me

Last Modified: July 2, 2014