Caffiend: Ol' Glory

There are so many energy drinks on the market these days, and so few that truly stand out -- even visually. A walk down the energy drink aisle at the store becomes a monotonous montage of black and silver aluminum, decorated with various logos in bright orange and florescent green.

But the Ol' Glory energy drink is eye-catching. The can's design is a bold red, white, and blue rendering of the United States of America flag, with an ad for the Army National Guard across the top. The pledge of allegiance is printed on one side, along with a blurb about how Ol' Glory donates a portion of all sales to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides financial assistance to military families.

So the can looks cool, and the taste of Ol' Glory isn't bad at all. In fact, it tastes just like 7-Up. It's a lighter lemon flavor, minus the syrupy sugar taste that usually follows a swig on an energy drink. The drink provides a hearty energy boost, too, with twice the amount of caffeine as a Red Bull (160 mg, as opposed to Red Bull's 80 mg), as well as 1,000 mg of Taurine. There's also 25 mg of Guarana extract for an additional pick-me-up.

At just 99 cents, the Ol' Glory energy drink is about $1.50 less than other drinks on the market. With its refreshing, zesty flavor and sustained energy blend, Ol' Glory could provide some good competition for the countless other energy drinks flooding store shelves -- and for a good cause, too.

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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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