D.I.Y. Four Loko

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Four Loko is a 23.5 ounce caffeinated alcoholic beverage that’s taking our country by storm. With an estimated 260 milligrams of caffeine and just under 6 shots of alcohol per can, this beverage earned the nickname of “Blackout in a Can” for a good reason. For less than $4 a pop, there’s not a quicker, cheaper or worse tasting way to get your drink on.

Unfortunately, the combination of so much caffeine and alcohol has the FDA worried–especially after it was the reported cause of several deaths. Four Loko has already been banned in Michigan, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington, New York and Utah; and it’s rumored that the FDA is going to officially ban the beverage very soon. Four Loko may not be sold on shelves this time next year, but who says we can’t make our own? After many hours of research and several experiments, I’ve finally perfected a Four Loko knockoff. I named my masterpiece “Four Peligroso” It’s not only a worthy substitute, but I think it’s better than the original. Don’t believe me? Try it out yourself…responsibly, of course.

Four Peligroso
(serves 10)
Ingredients:
- 2 8 oz bottles of VPL’s Redline Energy Drink in any flavor (you can find them at your local GNC)
- 3 2 liter bottles of Mountain Dew
- 1 1.75 liter bottle of blueberry flavored Burnett’s Vodka

Directions: Mix together, add ice if desired.

How’s it measure up to Four Loko? Well, per each 18 oz serving (3/4 the size of one Four Loko), Four Peligroso has 286 milligrams of caffeine, 6 shots of vodka, and costs $2.93. Ambulance and hospital expenses are not included.

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