College kids have a new alcoholic drink called Borg, just like the cybernetic villains of Star Trek.
Gen Z has a new drink of choice, and resistance is futile. A new concoction called Borg is making the rounds on TikTok, and according to Yahoo!, it’s assimilating college-age kids everywhere. The drink consists of a plastic jug, half a gallon of water, half a gallon of vodka, and a fun-flavored drink mix. Ibuprofen is optional (but highly recommended).
Borg is an acronym for “blackout rage gallon,” but for many fans of the popular Star Trek franchise, the name conjures up pictures of something else entirely. First introduced in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Q Who” from the sequel series’ second season, the Borg are a species of cyborgs looking to assimilate all life in the universe in pursuit of perfection. They have gone on to be major antagonists in the Trek series Voyager and the film Star Trek: First Contact, and are heavily referenced in the revival series Picard.
So far, the popular drink doesn’t share much in common with Star Trek’s Borg other than its propensity to turn college kids into mindless drones lacking in humanity. Might as well be a gallon of sugar water and grain alcohol named after a sci-fi villain.
A borg is created by taking a plastic gallon jug and filling it with a mixture of half water and half vodka. The Borg consumer then adds in some kind of flavor enhancer and any other sweetener they want to chug down. Variations include a caffeinated flavor mix or a mix containing electrolytes, ala Gatorade or Powerade.
BORG DAYYYY BABYYYY♬ original sound – chill girl
The caffeinated version is to make sure the drinker can stay up and keep drinking, and the electrolyte one is to keep their brain from leaking out of their skull in the morning.
Indeed, many Borg drinkers claim the drink’s high water content is one of its many benefits over conventional cocktails. Of course, even though the drinker is drinking half a gallon of water, they are still drinking half a gallon of pure vodka, so any actual hangover avoidance is debatable. With that in mind, anyone over 30 is advised to avoid the drink just to be on the safe side.
The main appeal of Borg is its cheapness and the fact that it looks like you’re just swigging from a jug of Kool-Aid. The latter is especially desirable if the person drinking the Borg is old enough to go to college but not old enough to “legally” consume alcohol. GIANT FREAKIN ROBOT does not condone underage drinking in any way whatsoever.
The real question is, could the Borg consume Borg? The answer, believe it or not, is yes. Fan favorite Star Trek character Seven of Nine has consumed alcohol on both Voyager and Picard. Of course, she never chugged it from a plastic gallon full of Crystal Light, so we don’t know if the techno-organic species would enjoy the drink.