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Pepsico’s Newest Beverage Is Supposed To Help You Sleep Better

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When you think Pepsico, the first thing that comes to mind is likely caffeinated soda beverages that help spike your energy. While those would tend to keep you up at night, their newest drink is all about helping folks sleep better.

Called Driftwell, this brand of canned “enhanced water” contains aromas and compounds that can help us chill out, relax, and get to sleep after a stressful day.

In terms of aroma, Driftwell’s first flavor uses blackberry and lavender, a soothing fragrance commonly used for relaxation.

The beverage itself is fortified with 10% of our daily needs of magnesium. It’s not just to get us the essential mineral: a 2018 study found that increasing dietary magnesium intake in the long term can help women sleep better. However, it was unable to establish a causation for this, and it couldn’t say the same thing for men.

Driftwell also contains 200 mg of theanine, which is found in green tea and other foods. Theanine has been found in research to increase levels of “feel-good” neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in the brain.

Since the drink itself contains a variety of compounds that help relax us, it’s natural that it should also provide some aid in sleeping. While we haven’t seen data yet that proves the functional beverage itself does the same, it definitely has the science to back it up.

10-packs of Driftwell will be available starting in December 2020 at stores nationwide. Each pack will cost $17.99.

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The Viral Video Of The Selfie Girl Getting Roofied Seems To Be A Fake

It’s terrifying to think that someone could slip something sinister into your drink in the time it takes to blink your eyes — or shoot a selfie. This recent viral video shows exactly that.

Two women, seemingly on spring break, decided to shoot a video of themselves partying with drinks in hand. While one of the girls walks off camera, a guy in a black shirt drops something into the drink of the woman filming.

The brunette, a musician / model with the handle @Jaeda_Sky originally posted the video on Twitter of her and her friend Kristal Santos dancing at a party on where the incident was captured. After the video posted by her friend went viral, Santos posted on her Instagram telling her followers that she was safe and noticed what happened in the video before it was too late.

O #TBT de hj vai ser do feriado top que passei em Escarpas do Lago! Agradeço a todos de coração pelas msgs de preocupação!! Pensei mto antes de vir aqui escrever e me expor, mas quem me conhece sabe que eu sou um livro aberto e não sou de guardar nada pra mim. Gosto de festas, gosto de beber(às vezes até de mais) e quem anda cmg sabe mto bem que a única coisa que faço é BEBER e só. Bom..mas isso não é o importante pq as únicas pessoas que devo satisfação e que realmente me importam são minha família e meus amigos de verdade, e o resto como já diz..é resto! Mais uma vez vou explicar aqui pra quem continua preocupados…Eu não bebi nada daquele copo pq estava no final da festa e o copo já estava vazio, ou seja nada me aconteceu. Sim, fico feliz que o vídeo está repercutindo de uma forma positiva, como um alerta para todos tomarem mais cuidado com seus copos, inclusive eu. Aposto que assim como minha mãe a mãe de todo mundo já avisou mil vezes para tomarem cuidado com os copos, eu achava ela exagerada!rs…mas não é exagero, pq a gente sempre acha que com a gente isso nunca vai acontecer, mas a verdade é que pode sim acontecer a qualquer momento e em qualquer lugar. Acho que cada um faz e usa o que bem intender, mas a partir de que seja por vontade própria. Bom é isso…ahh mais uma coisa pra quem tem coragem de fazer comentários do tipo..tá na balada, tá dançando, tá bebendo, tá de roupa curta, ela não presta, e merece levar um boa noite Cinderela…Aqui o boa noite Cinderela pra vocês!!🖕🏼💋 #aloiradocopo

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Here’s a rough Instagram translation of what she wrote:

Essentially, Santos says that since it was near the end of the party her cup was already empty and she didn’t drink out of it. She then states that the video is a great wake up call for everyone to be more mindful of their drink glasses.

However, in a plot twist, it appears that video was fake. One commenter on the original video screenshot an Instagram story admitting that what happened was a joke.

While this captured incident wasn’t real, it’s still a sobering reminder of what can happen when you’re so cavalier about watching over your drinks — something everyone, male or female, should keep in mind. Be extra cautious and maybe put your phones down until after you finish your drink.

Some tips to keep yourselves safe include holding your drink from the top at all times, never set your drink down and lose track of it, don’t accept drinks from strangers, don’t sip from anyone else’s cup, and avoid drinks from containers that have been opened.

There are also products, like this straw, that detects when your drink has been tampered with.

The world can be a shitty place sometimes. As my colleague and office dad Constantine Spyrou would say: “Stay safe, y’all.”


The Real Reason We All Love To Order Ginger Ale On Planes

No one is really sure why, but ever since ginger ale and airplanes have both been around, they’ve gone hand in hand. I can’t remember why I first ordered ginger ale on a plane as a kid, but since then, the only other drinks I order on planes now are packed to the brim with booze. Some people still have a fear of flying.

Redditor muki_mono began a revolution when she asked the world of Reddit for their thoughts. “I always see people drinking ginger ale on planes, but almost never off them. I drink the same thing on planes than I do on solid ground, and it’s not ginger ale, but I keep feeling like there’s something everyone else is in on and I’m not.”

It’s magic sky juice.

As you can imagine, the thread erupted with a barrage of epiphanies, explanations and assumptions, all entertaining or informative. One Redditor referred to ginger ale as “magic sky juice,” while another pondered on the relativity of ginger ale, simply stating, “it’s just sort of…tradition.”

Most people believed that it helps settle an upset stomach, and frankly, I tend to agree with them. It’s settled my stomach more than once, especially as a child. That being said, there were some people slightly more qualified than your average Redditor who have a different opinion.

Sherry Ross, M.D., from Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, believes that, “It’s not the ginger providing the relief. . . You’re buying into the power of suggestion. We’ve learned from our mothers and grandmothers, who brought us ginger ale and chicken-noodle soup when we were sick as kids, that ginger ale works. . .Those types of foods have powerful messaging to our brains and that alone makes us feel better.”

As it turns out, it’s not the ginger in ginger ale that makes us feel better, but rather it’s a combination of nostalgia and a placebo effect.

I’m still getting ginger ale on every plane I board ’til the day I die.


Which Alcoholic Apple Beverage Is Right For You?

Apple-based alcohol tends to be on the receiving end of gender-based insults, but few people appreciate the range of tenacity these drinks have. From the sweet and fizzy beers to the pricklier liquors, no matter your alcohol tolerance levels, there’s an alcoholic apple drink for you.

Apple Cider

Ciders rank pretty low on the totem pole for most seasoned alcoholics drinkers due to their shockingly low alcohol percentage and their unbearing sweetness

For people who normally drink: Apple Cider. You tried it once and that’s just what you drink now. Your first alcoholic beverage was probably a Mike’s Hard Lemonade and that’s okay. We all make mistakes.

What it tastes like: Apple juice and either an entire cup of sugar or cinnamon.

How to drink it: In a pint glass with a Fireball shot/floater.

Redd’s Apple Ale

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This cider-beer hybrid’s commercials have probably dissuaded you from ever trying it, but it actually strikes a decent balance between a cider and a beer. You get all the sweetness of a cider with all the inevitable gas from a beer.

For people who normally drink: Beers with low alcohol content or ciders with high alcohol content. Socially, its the most genderfluid drink to order.

What it tastes like: If sparkling apple cider was poured over a slice of bread and then squeezed out into your glass.

How to drink it: Alone and chilled, not cold. I can’t believe I’m saying this about a Miller product, but there are some nuances that shouldn’t be drowned out.

Any Craft Brewery’s Apple Pie Beer

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Your local brewery either already has one or is cooking up a new recipe right now, but it’s too weird to make squash-based beer.  

For people who normally drink: Craft beer, craft cocktails, and pumpkin spice lattes. You care about quality, but you’re not afraid

What it tastes like: A liquid pie with bubbles.

How to drink it: As is. Don’t let them see you messing with their baby brews!

Apple Schnapps

This German liquor brings out the sorority girl in all of us. The apples just want an invite to the party and they’re willing to get as sweet as possible to get past the door.

For people who normally drink: Cosmopolitans, Screwdrivers, and any other cocktail that doesn’t taste like it has as much hard liquor as it does. This is also a nice stepping stone for those weaning themselves off their apple cider dependency.

What it tastes like: Simple syrup with an artificial apple taste. Depending on the quality of the schnapps, you might be able to taste the gin, but don’t hold your breath.

How to drink it: An appletini or a completely off the wall craft cocktail is the best way to go about drinking apple schnapps if you’re the kind of person who dislikes entering a diabetic coma. 


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This is the alcohol the founding fathers of America got turnt on. When apple cider was left outside during the winter, the alcohol was freeze distilled and became at least 300 percent stronger by spring.

For people who normally drink: Tropical rum drinks even outside of vacations and basic bitch brandy. You’re serious about everything else in a life and want something sweet that will burn your throat for the rest of the week.

What it tastes like:  Swallowing rum while your mouth is filled with hot, caramelized apple slices.

How to drink it: Sip it. This is not for shots. I repeat, THIS IS NOT FOR SHOTS.


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“The French apple brandy so nice they distilled it twice” is definitely not the official tagline of any calvados brand, but it should be. As per usual with French liqueur, it’s only really calvados if it’s made in Lower Normandy. Considering the time and superior alcohol content put into distilling and aging calvados, I wouldn’t want any lazy apple brandies stealing my thunder either.

For people who normally drink: Spiced rum, woody red wines, top shelf brandy and really old scotch. You know how to pronounce everything on any five star restaurant’s menu.

What it tastes like: A woody brandy. The double distillation removes most of the original apple cider taste.

How to drink it: In a tiny thimble after Christmas dinner. If you’re drinking it in anything larger and on a regular basis, you might need an intervention. Mature calvados are deceptively smooth and need to be modestly consumed during special occasions.

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This UK-Inspired Earl Grey Cocktail Is Perfect For Springtime And Tea Time

The Spring season has finally transitioned from “right around the corner” to “OH SHIIIIIT it’s SPRING! SPRING BREAK 2016 NO REGRETS!! #CanItBeSUMMERyet?!?”

No, it cannot be summer yet. We’re too busy enjoying la primavera to even think about el verano—flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, butterflies are butterflying, and bees are buzzing. You deserve a buzz of your own, too.

Enter: the FOGGY LONDON, a hot tea cocktail that mixes classic Earl Grey tea with gin, vanilla simple syrup, steamed milk, and lavender. The gin will cleanse your soul better than any “spring cleaning” sesh would, while the rest of the ingredients are reminiscent of springtime themes like refreshment and lightness.

And at the end of the day, The Foggy London makes for a solid cocktail without leaving your belly feeling too solid. Enjoy it by yourself, with your mom, or with your mom’s mom during afternoon tea time (depending how tight you are with Granny).


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The Foggy London

6-oz. Earl Grey tea

1-2-oz. Gin

1-oz. Vanilla simple syrup

Steamed or very hot milk

Lavender sprigs

1.   Brew Earl Grey tea with milk and let it steep for 4-8 minutes.

2.   Combine all of the above ingredients with 2 sprigs of lavender and mix well. Garnish with lavender. 

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McDonalds To Unleash Their Enormous Giga Big Mac Burger In Japan

In an attempt to make the Japanese as fat and happy as we Americans are, McDonald’s will be releasing their new Giga Mac Burger, the biggest thing to hit the streets of Tokyo since Godzilla.

Slated to be released in two days, the behemoth burger will feature all of the same ingredients as the standard Big Mac, only it will have 2.8 times the amount of meat in them. Not only will there be four patties instead of two, but the patties themselves will be thicker and wider, which is apparently where that .8 comes into play.

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It comes as no surprise that the creative minds behind the menu items in Japan came up with this. Their previous ideas included things like chocolate drizzled fries, a mashed potato burger, and Shaka Shaka potato fries. They even got in on the fun for April Fool’s Day, introducing fake items such as the Sugar Burger and the Bamboo Burger.

According to the Rocket News 24, the company claims that by finishing this enormous burger, you’ll achieve “a satisfied sense of accomplishment.” Accomplishment? Really? That’s what we’re going with here, huh?

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The company will also be releasing an enormous soda and enormous fries to go with the burger because apparently “large” isn’t large enough. They’re also releasing a Grand Big Mac, which is slightly larger than a Big Mac but slightly smaller than a Giga Mac. Their giga drinks and giga fries will be 2 times and 1.7 times bigger than their large size counterparts. For reference, one giga-sized drink would hold 64 oz, double the size of a large drink, which translates into the same amount as 5.3 cans of soda.



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Guide To Drinking Like A Motherf*ckin’ Pirate

Set sail for the high seas with these contemporary takes on classic pirate cocktails, based on your swashbuckler level.

If you’ve seen every Pirates of the Caribbean movie:


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The Daiquiri gets an undeserved reputation for being a weak vacation drink — mostly due to its slushy sister — but this cocktail is essentially a modern interpretation of grog. Pirates often mixed rum, sugary water, and lime juice to make the alcohol easier to drink, rid their casks of water of bacteria, and stave off scurvy.   And that’s exactly what you tell people the next time your order one.  

  • 1 1/2 oz White rum


  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup



  • 1 oz Lime juice




Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass.



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Yet another oldie, but goodie, the Bumbo is another health-conscious cocktail created by pirates of yore, but can be surprisingly sweeter than daiquiris.     

  • 2 oz Dark Rum


  • 1 oz Lemon Juice



  • 1/2 tsp Grenadine



  • 1/4 tsp (grated) Nutmeg




In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.


If you’ve always had a fondness for treasure maps and scavenger hunts:


Dark and Stormy

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This drink didn’t surface until the mid-20th century, but its Caribbean roots and seafaring imagery made it worthy of joining this list. The ginger beer takes the warming bite out of the rum while maintaining the integrity of the spice.

  • 2 ounces Gosling’s or Myers’s dark rum


  • 5 ounces ginger beer



  • Lime wedge




Pour the rum over ice in highball and fill with ginger beer. Squeeze in the lime wedge.

(Nouveau) Sangaree

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This is not Sangria. Though there are several variations, sangarees are typically less involved than their Spanish counterparts.

  • 2 oz Beaujolais nouveau wine (you may substitute another red wine)


  • 1 ½ oz apple brandy



  • ½ oz gin



  • ¼ oz dark maple syrup



  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters



  • thin apple slices



  • grated cinnamon




Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with thin apple slices and grated cinnamon.


If you’re wearing a hook and eyepatch right now:


Barbary Coast

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This is one of those “I’m mostly alcohol and you’re about to call your ex” cocktails. If It’s good enough for 19th century San Franciscan sailors, it’s good enough for you.

But you should probably give your phone to someone else beforehand.

  • ¾ oz. scotch
  • ¾ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. creme de cacao
  • ¾ oz. cream
  • grated nutmeg


Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Fog Cutter (Trader Vic’s version)


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“After two of these, you won’t even see the stuff.”

These are terrifying words from the Fog Cutter’s creator, “Trader Vic” Bergeron. This cocktail bullied the Long Island Iced Tea in middle school. You can swap out the sherry from grenadine if you want to lessen the alcohol content, but this will still hit you where it hurts without apologizing the next day.

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 2 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz Pisco (a strong, colorless grape brandy)
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz sherry float


Place all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice and float sherry on top.


The Best Way to Get a Second Date Involves Sushi and Cocktails, Study Says


According to a new study, sharing sushi and cocktails on your first date increases the likelihood of a second date taking place.

Match’s sixth annual Singles in America study used data surveyed from 5,504 U.S. singles between the ages of 18 to 70 to “reveal the pulse of the single’s psyche,” according to Dr. Helen Fisher, anthropologist and Match’s chief scientific advisor.

“Moreover, this year we focused on the crucial ‘second date,’ a vital courtship step that has been seriously understudied until now,” Fisher said in a post on the company’s blog.

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According to the study, a good bet to land that coveted second date is having the first one at a sushi restaurant. A meal of sushi increases the chances of a second date by 107%.

Adding mixed alcohol drinks also boosts the chances of a second date. Ordering cocktails on a first date increases the odds of a second date by 137%. Drinking beer or wine won’t have the same impact.

The study also found that singles who use “LOL” and “haha” over text increase their odds of a match. Laughing over text increases the odds of a second date by 255% and the chances of sex with a date by 39%.

Whatever singles do, they shouldn’t skip food and drinks on a first date. Those that do are 107% less likely to land a second date, according to the study.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark