The sale of the unofficial drink of black-outs and bad decisions will be illegal in New York.
The heavily-caffeinated, alcoholic punch preferred by NYU students and recession-worn 20-somethings alike will deliver its last shipments into New York City on November 19, placing its last cans in bodegas around early December.
The $3 dollar drinks, which pretty much carry the contents of six beers and a shot of espresso, have already been targeted by several states, with New York state being the fourth to ban their sale altogether. Four Loko’s even managed to get banned in Michigan, a state liberal enough with their substances to have legalized medicinal marijuana.
The ban comes as no surprise, as reports have been popping up nationwide of underage kids and college students going bat shit on Four Loko’s 12% alcoholic content. Just this October, it was reported that the drink hospitalized 17 students and six visitors at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Though, after all, that is Jersey.
Despite its medical dangers, during its short lifespan Four Loko became a sort of unofficial nectar of the hard-partying, at times brain dead, city youth. So, it’s with great pain that we pour out a little “Lemonade Flavor” to the end of an era of instant black-outs and ridiculous morning-after stories across New York.
In the drink’s memory, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite Four Loko stories below.