There was a time when I would periodically wean myself off caffeine. I don't know why I thought that was a good idea, considering all the suffering I put myself through. I've long since accepted my dependence on caffeine, but I mainly confine my consumption to tea and coffee. I used to drink lots of cola (and in college, Mountain Dew), but I'm pretty much over that phase except for an occasional 8-oz. can of Coke as a treat.
I care a great deal for the canned Starbucks Double Shot Espresso and Cream, but I wouldn't recommend drinking one after 3:00 p.m. At a Starbucks shop, I'll always go for Cafe Americano in the morning and iced nonfat mocha in the afternoon - on the rare occasions when I can afford a coffee treat.
I like a lot of the flavors of Spark, but purchasing it is more of an investment than an impulse, so I've run out and haven't ordered any more. Spark has the advantage of being very vitamin-rich, but I have to make sure I don't drink one after about noon if I ever hope to get to sleep before 1:00 a.m.
I haven't made much of a foray into the world of canned energy drinks yet, so I was pleased to see Slate's article "Booster Shot," reviewing some of the most popular ones. I drink a Red Bull now and then (even though it tastes like cough syrup), but I haven't tried any of the others mentioned in the article. It may be time for a little experimentation of my own.
Am I missing any great caffeinated drinks? Iwouldn'twantomissanyopportunitiestodrinkmore!