I have a habit of experimenting with a lot of things. I am a reasonably good cook, sometimes dabbling in molecular cookery; I build and alter furniture around the house when needed; I assemble the occasional experimental bit of electronics too. Your basic renaissance nerd, I suppose. I haven’t tried forcing metal to demonstrate intense blackbody radiation then smacking it with more metal, though; I prefer to leave that particular insanity to Marcus and Charly.
What I’ve done here is something that’s been on my mind for a long while. I’m a big fan of a particular brand of energy drink, the only one I’ve encountered that is not carbonated and tastes reasonably pleasant, like semi-artificial juice. That product was becoming harder and harder to find even before the pandemic and now I don’t think any local stores at all carry it. Energy shots work, but they’re kind of like having your brains smashed in with a slice of lemon wrapped around a gold brick. Effective, but unpleasant.
So I decided to try to make my own. I ordered a pile of reagents from a couple of online shops and also some lab glassware (if you haven’t done this, I highly recommend it; short of “Fools! I’ll show them all!!” nothing feels as mad-sciency as saying “Ah, my reagents have arrived!”). Then I prepared four concentrate cocktails from them, one containing amino acids (and glucuronolactone), one containing magnesium carbonate, one containing vitamins, and one containing the actual caffeine and taurine, the concentrations calculated to give a final dose gentler than the energy shots but a bit heavier than the dearly departed drink.
Then I made an interesting blue beverage from ingredients at hand (lime-blueberry flavor with a hint of coconut) and added in the correct few mL of each of these. If I have crunched the numbers correctly, the final drink, the “mana potion”, should contain:
- 30 mg Magnesium carbonate
- 20 mg Calcium ascorbate (Ca + C)
- 200 µg Folic acid (B9)
- 30 mg Niacin [niacinamide] (B3)
- 5 mg Pantothenic Acid (B5)
- 15 mg Pyridoxine HCL (B6)
- 50 µg Cyanocobalamin (B12)
- 250 mg Glucuronolactone
- 150 mg L-Phenylalanine (AA)
- 150 mg N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine “NALT” (AA)
- 480 mg Taurine
- 160 mg Caffeine
It’s late now. Tomorrow morning, we see if it worked. MUAHAHAHAHA!!