Energy Drink Mix Pick-Me-Ups That Won’t Trip You Up

Author and Photo Credit: Maycko Macapugas

 

There is just a plethora different drink mix choices from many different companies. Most, however, only offer one or two flavour choices.  On top of that? They’ve got insane sugar content and a bunch of other additives that are just bad for you.

Ener-C has created a variety of drink mix flavours that appeal to the nutrition conscious consumer.  With extreme amounts of Vitamin C, you won’t have to worry about packing an orange with you, if you’ve got one of their drink packets.  

Their flavours include: Cranberry, Raspberry, Tangerine Grapefruit, Pineapple Coconut, Orange, Lemon Lime, and Peach Mango.  All vary in their flavour and each bring something unique to the table.

In, Peach Mango there is clearly peach first, followed by some mango aftertastes that bring the flavours to a sweet, but clean finish. It is no coincidence that this is the first of these seven flavours: it’s a winner! No, seriously, Peach Mango is the Product of the Year winner for the Health and Wellness category in this year’s Gluten Free Awards (2018) competition. The reasons are clear, but you’ll have to try for yourself!

With Lemon Lime, the lime flavouring comes out first, with a hint of lemon throughout.  The best part about this one is that it’s not as sour (or at all sour) as I had expected. The flavour is clearly citrusy, and can satisfy if you are looking for something on the lighter and refreshing side.

In Raspberry, the flavour does well on its own. It is rounded and clearly has a juice-like taste to it.  The distinguishing thing about this mix is that it is distinctly like a berry drink. This mix lends itself more easily to the sweeter side of the tongue, but nothing outrageous.

With Orange, it was a little surprising to me.  It wasn’t exactly the orange juice I could buy from a grocery store. This variation was closer to a sweeter orange, and not the tanginess I was hoping for.  Enjoyable still, but my expectations got the better of me.

In Pineapple Coconut, this reminded me of a drink that is favourite among many: the piña colada. It was a fun drink, and something I’d drink at home if I were looking to excite my tastebuds. I’m unsure if I would bring it anywhere else unless there was a way to mix this drink ice cold.  Nonetheless, this was refreshing.

With Tangerine Grapefruit, may have been the most tangy out of all seven options.  To be honest, I can’t tell much of a difference between the grapefruit and tangerine fruits, so distinguishing the flavour in this mix was nearly impossible for me. Perhaps some more experienced folk may be able to taste the difference, but to me it was negligible. This mix lends itself to be more citrusy than some of the other options in Ener-C’s line.

With Cranberry, it was the most familiar juice-like flavour out of all seven.  It was well-rounded, although on the sweeter side, it wasn’t overpowering at all.  This cranberry mix can satisfy any juice cravings.

Overall, the mixes leave little to no film in your mouth that most drink mixes do. They’re not always truest to the taste of the fruit, but let’s admit it: that’s hard to do.  If you’re ever craving something like juice, these should be one of the first options in mind.