Caffiend: 5-Hour Energy

5-Hour Energy Shots

Looks like: A tiny plastic vial.

Tastes like: Carbonated orange cough syrup.

Smells like: Overripe fruit.

Caffeine and other contents: The makers claim that a 2-ounce shot of 5 Hour Energy contains "350% the energy" of a Red Bull, but they don't disclose the actual caffeine content. We estimate it to be about 80 mg, or the equivalent of a Red Bull. The shots also contain 40 mg of vitamin B6 and 500 mcg of B12.

Caffeine kick: Pretty intense. True to its name, the 5 Hour Energy shots deliver sustained energy and mental alertness, which lasts for several hours.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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