This New Drink Blends Carbonation and Caffeine

It really is the best of both worlds.

Someone has created a drink for thirsty-plus-drowsy people who can’t decide between having one of those flavored seltzers all the kids are drinking these days and a good old cuppa something caffeinated.

Phocus — a caffeinated sparkling water recently introduced by Louisville, Kentucky-based Clear/Cut — apparently exists to bridge the gap between carbonation and caffeine. It’s available in five flavors (Natural, Blood Orange, Grapefruit, Cucumber and Yuzu & Lime), gets its caffeine from green tea leaves, and also contains L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, and electrolytes.

What it doesn’t contain: calories, sugar, sweeteners, sodium, preservatives, dairy, gluten or GMO products. It’s vegan and Kosher, according to the Phocus website.

The natural energy drinks are available in stores only in four states — Connecticut, Florida, Indiana and the drink’s home state of Kentucky — although expanded availability is in the plan. Those not in those states can buy it on Amazon, where a variety pack with 10 cans — two of each of the five available flavors — will run you $19.99.

Reviews on Amazon are mostly positive, although one commenter griped about the level of carbonation and another was so-so on the flavor.

As for the caffeine, you can expect a nice boost from a can of Phocus, but nothing over-the-top. Each 11.5-ounce can contains 75mg of caffeine — comparable, Clear/Cut says, to what you’ll find in a single 8-ounce cup of coffee or three 8-ounce cups of tea.

Consider us intrigued. Or should we say … phascinated?

Photo courtesy of Phocus

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