Energy Drinks

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    March 26, 2014

    Four Loko Promises Attorney General It Will No Longer Be Quite So Loco

    Surely each and every one of you remember where you were on the bleak day that insanely caffeinated, insanely alcoholic energy drink Four Loko was banned in New York, back in 2010. Pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, who called Four Loko a "toxic and dangerous brews," the State Liquor Authority stopped ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Riff Raff: "We Are Getting Special Cases That Glow in the Dark"

    [Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Riff Raff was meant to deliver his long-anticipated debut album, Neon Icon, earlier this week. Alas, tragedy struck when an incident at the manufacturing pla ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013


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    December 8, 2011

    Sparkletini: Four Loko Meets Champagne

    At least the bottles aren't dusty. ​The hand-written sign at the bodega beckons with the subtlety of a cougar at a frat party. $8 CHAMPAGNE, PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Indeed, Verdi's Sparkletinis (marketed as Italian spumante, labeled as a malt beverage "with natural flavors") taste like a ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Four Loko Is Back... With a New Can!; Vodka Marketing Is Out of Control

    ​If you thought you'd heard the last of Four Loko, were you ever wrong. After removing caffeine from the recipe last year, Four Loko's makers have agreed to change the label to read, "This can has as much alcohol as 4 regular (12 oz. 5 percent alc/vol) beers." That should do the trick. [FOX Ne ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Is Snoop-Endorsed Blast By Colt 45 the New Four Loko?; Why Wódka Is Winning

    ​Love beer so much you want to lather with it? Brooklyn Brewery has teamed up with a Williamsburg soapsmith to make artisanal beer soap. [Brooklyn Paper] The Cuba Libre is more than just a "rum and Coke." Add bitters, a splash of gin, and Key lime juice or Meyer lemon juice to kick yours up a ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Four Loko Founders Break Their Silence

    Victoria BekiempkisFour Loko founders: "We're the victims here."​Jay Cheshes takes a break from eating for Time Out to talk to the founders of Four Loko for The Fix. This must-read examines how the caffeinated cocktail in a can came to be and just what led to its downfall (which, of course, is ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Four Loko Ban Compared to 9/11 By Brooklyn 'Hipster'

    ​A protest album of sorts from a Brooklyn DJ is bound to piss off at least a few people now that it's made the newspaper. The record's cover art equates the banning of caffeinated alcoholic drinks with September 11 on its cover, as pictured to the right. The New York Daily News decided to give ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    New Four Loko and Other 'Alcopops' Excite Kids, Not State Senator

    ​New York State Senator Jeff Klein is still ramping up with campaign against the the new Four Loko, which was stripped of all caffeine after national controversy sparked by sick kids and even death. But he says the new brew is still not safe enough and should only be sold in liquor stores. Now ... More >>

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    March 26, 2011

    The Battle Against Four Loko Rages On

    ​Four Loko is back on bodega shelves in a caffeine-free and thus theoretically safer incarnation. But authorities still see fit to freak out about it. Eighteen Bronx bodegas were caught selling the new Four Loko to an underage undercover auxiliary cop. And in Albany, lawmakers are introducing ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Four Loko Stomped on My Heart, Claims Man in Lawsuit

    ​Michael Mustica, a 22-year-old from New Jersey, alleges in a new lawsuit that drinking 2-and-a-half cans of Four Loko on a trip to Atlantic City last year gave him permanent heart damage, a "heart arrhythmia," to be specific, though the seaside slots have been known to get hearts racing too. ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Energy Drinks Have No Therapeutic Benefit? Shocker!

    veryeasyenergydrinks.comDo these look like they'd be good for you?​While it might not come as any surprise, at least there's now medical evidence that energy drinks aren't great for the youngins. A study published yesterday in Pediatrics reports that energy drinks have no health benefits for ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Two Young Teens Die With Four Loko Near

    ​Just when you thought the outrage had calmed, Four Loko is implicated in a pair of teenage deaths in California. Aaron Saenz, 15, and Chelsea Taylor, 16, were found dead in a Huntington Beach apartment, an empty can of the highly caffeinated, very alcoholic Four Loko close by. Police are sayi ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Let Four Loko Power Your Car

    Fuel up.​You might not want to put it in your body, but a new use for the caffeinated cocktail in a can Four Loko has been found. According to Salon Food, it might just end up in your car's fuel tank. Ethanol producers are taking truckloads of the stuff off the hands of wholesalers looking to ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Four Loko Will Save the Environment

    NEVER FORGET.​Four Loko, the nectar of the gods, is now doing something else besides making people break into houses naked. A lot of the leftover-Loko in Virginia is being turned into gasoline by a company called MXI Environmental Services. Jalopnik reports, "MXI distills the ethyl alcohol in ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    And You Thought Four Loko Was Gone for Good!

    mightysweet.comThe pizza's good, too​ Spotted: Best Pizza (33 Havemeyer Street, 718-599-2210). Refrigerator. Cans of Four Loko. Just Sayin'. Happy New Year's. Have a tip or restaurant-related news? Send it to

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    December 29, 2010
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    December 10, 2010

    Last Chance For Loko! Devil Juice Will No Longer Be Delivered to New York Stores

    ​On Tuesday we drank what will probably be our only Four Loko, unless we get really lucky, or unlucky, and someone who has a bucket of them or maybe a secret storehouse in Queens gives us one. Because Four Loko is effectively over. This is the last day that New York retailers will be allowed t ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    A Four Loko Tasting Menu in Philadelphia

    cbslocal.comDoes Four Loko go better with beef or chicken?​ A Philadelphia chef, following in the footsteps of Eddie Huang, has begun stockpiling Four Loko and will be serving tasting menus in which he pairs the dishes with different flavors of the soon-to-be-extinct booze.

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    December 6, 2010

    Four Loko Menorah Celebrates Hanukkah in the Best Way Possible -- Drunk!

    Via NYU Local​Tonight, as we light the sixth candle on our menorah, one Jewish household will be drinking their sixth Loko -- at least, metaphorically. NYU student Samantha Jinishian and her roommates have constructed a work of art (religious iconography?) they've dubbed the "Four-Loko-norah." ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Call for Queries — Ask the Critics

    adambaumgoldgallery.comAsk away!​Wondering where to take your out-of-town grandparents for dinner when they visit? Want to know the city's best spot for drunk food? Dying to learn our favorite Four Loko flavor? Now's your chance to ask the critics! Email us at and we'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Xiao Ye, Like Four Loko, Has Died

    Fresh Off the BoatEddie Huang sucks down the cause of Xiao Ye's demise.​ Four months after it opened, Xiao Ye has closed.

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    November 30, 2010

    Four Loko Now Causing NY State Government to Shut Down Restaurants (Or: Long Live General Loko)

    ​And to think people were worried about what The Kids would do drunk on Four Loko! It would appear the State Liquor Authority drank so much Four Loko (or so much of the Four-Loko-as-Reefer-Madness craze-flavored Kool-Aid) that they raided accomplished restaurateur, chef, blogger, and boozing r ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Four Loko, the 'Absinthe of America,' Gets the Seth Meyers Treatment on SNL

    You've seen it kill kids, get banned, and be reproduced at home. This past weekend, the much-maligned caffeinated cocktail Four Loko, a/k/a "Blackout in a Can," was featured on Weekend Update With Seth Meyers. Co-founder Chris Hunter (portrayed by Jason Sudeikis), isn't the only one defending the ... More >>

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    November 21, 2010

    Four Loko is Dead: SNL, Social Networks and Street Corners; Let's Stop Talking About It

    Consider the shark jumped. The $3 canned beverage, both caffeinated and alcoholic, has already been banned in New York, with distributors halting their local deliveries on Friday, and now we here at Runnin' Scared are moving to ban the drink from the internet. Our teeth are shivering from the sugar ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    The Four Loko Saga of Boozy Belligerence Has Finally Been Animated by Taiwan (Video)

    I'm not sure if the Taiwanese think Americans are categorically insane, or if all the people who work in Taiwanese television are categorically insane, but yet again, those wacky Taiwanese folks at Next Media Animation have succeeded in both animating and (kinda) capturing the insanity of the Four ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Live: Anamanaguchi Lead A Four Loko-Fueled Protest At Union Square Park

    ​ The Four Loko Protest And/Or Vigil, Starring Anamanaguchi Union Square Park Wednesday, November 17 Better Than: Going down without a fight. Even before New York banned Four Loko, the energy drink that supplements the caffeine equivalent of three cups of coffee with taurine, guarana, wormw ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Four Loko: How to Make Your Own

    ​ Yesterday, The Atlantic Food Channel posted a recipe for "a really horrible beverage" that is sort of supposed to mirror the flavor profile of Four Loko. A valiant effort, but here's a much simpler homemade version.

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    November 17, 2010

    Four Loko, The Drinking Game: HUNGRY HUNGRY LOKOS.


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    November 16, 2010

    R.I.P, Four Loko: Here Are the Five Stupidest Things People Have Done While Drinking You.

    Colors of a beautiful rainbow...​Four Loko, known as "liquid crack" to certain admirers, was officially banned this weekend, no longer to be delivered to your friendly neighborhood bodega after December 10. Unlike just any garden variety booze, Four Loko didn't only make people sick -- it made ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Four Loko, Under Absurd Political Assault, Soon to Be Banned by FDA.

    ​Sen. Chuck Schumer already won the war against crazyjuice booze drink Four Loko in New York, as it's soon to be banned statewide. But what about the rest of America? In all fifty United States, no Four Loko is safe.

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    November 15, 2010

    New Yorkers Actually Drink Less Than the Nationwide Average. Really.

    ​There's a new New York City drinking survey out, and chances are, you're a drinker, because more than half of New Yorkers of legal drinking age are (congrats!). We were surprised and vindicated to find, however, that New Yorkers on average (53%) actually drank less than the nationwide average ... More >>

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    November 14, 2010

    Four Loko Banned in New York

    Never forget​It was too good to be true. We warned you last weekend that Four Loko, the $3 canned, caffeinated beverage that equals something like six beers and a cup of coffee, was in danger of being banned by the state of New York. Just yesterday we had some indication that Senator Chuck Sch ... More >>

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    November 13, 2010

    General Loko From the Front Lines: New York's Crusade Against Four Loko Continues

    ​Last weekend we learned that New York state, led by Senator Chuck Schumer, was attempting to ban the caffeinated alcoholic beverage Four Loko by circumventing the FDA and changing the law. Then, in a typically antagonistic move, daring the authorities to touch him, local chef Eddie Huang, a.k ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Four Loko: We Taste-Test the Dang Stuff

    Victoria BekiempisCan o'...something.​ If you've read anything about Four Loko recently, you're well aware that a mere sip of the fruity, caffeinated malt liquor will immediately push you into a crack and hate-crime binge. The chemical cocktail supposedly gets you drunker faster, making it ... More >>