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Red Bull Summer Edition Is A Great New Flavor And Bad New Slushie

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Summer is fast approaching. Days are getting warmer. The sun seems brighter and I’m wearing more shorts. And Red Bull has released a new Summer-inspired flavor but in two forms. The traditional canned energy drink and an icy slush drink at Sonic. Which is better? Read the headline. And the rest of this post!

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This drink has technically been floating around the country for a few weeks or longer, but finally, I found some around me. So with summer a few weeks away, it felt like the perfect time to try this new Red Bull flavor. And while I was out, safely wearing gloves and a mask, I hit a local Sonic and grabbed their new Red Bull Summer Edition slush. I also didn’t think about what drinking two energy drinks at the same time would do to my heart or body. I can’t think about that stuff or I would probably never consume any of these drinks again.

Behind the scenes of the top image.
Behind the scenes of the top image.
Photo: Zack Zwiezen
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First, I tried the standard canned variant of this new flavor. I will preface my thoughts with the fact that I enjoy a nice Red Bull. It’s not my favorite energy drink anymore, but it’s still good. I’ve always liked the bite in a Red Bull. And the Summer Edition flavor keeps that bite, but it’s not as strong. Instead, it’s replaced with a nice watermelon flavor. The aftertaste of Red Bull is still there, I’m used to it by now, but if you don’t drink it often it might catch you off guard.

I sat out on my patio during a recent warm day and drank this can while it was ice cold and it did feel very refreshing. If I want another Red Bull in the near future I’ll probably grab another can of Summer Edition.

After drinking some of the canned variant, I tried the slush from Sonic. I was instantly disappointed by the lack of slush. It was more like a super cold juice. I stirred it a bit, hoping to get some ice bits on the bottom to incorporate with the rest of the drink, but it didn’t help much. The other thing that became apparent after a sip was just how much sweeter this slush version is compared to the can. The watermelon is hard to taste in the slush drink and I feel the Red Bull aftertaste and bite are also gone. If you told me this was a generic “red” slushie I wouldn’t argue with you. Partially because I trust you and also because it just tastes like oversweet juice. The kind of sweet that feels like it is going to give you a cavity in a few minutes.

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And yes, for those who like it when I make terrible combinations using energy drink and sodas, I poured a third of the can into the slush and stirred it up. I liked it a lot! Suddenly the nice watermelon flavor of Summer Edition was more pronounced and the mixture seemed a little less sweet. Though I don’t think I should tell folks to go out and mix together two energy drinks into a large frozen franken-drink. That seems unsafe. But if you don’t care about things like heart attacks or sugar crashes, give it a shot!

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

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God, I want a Sonic milkshake so bad.