Drinks

The best drinks, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 11, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Drink Reviews

Hotshot Sports Shot

rated 5 of 5 stars Relieves muscle cramps fast! I had returned from several days of backpacking in the Trinity Alps. The last day was long and hot, and I'd probably not drunk as much water as I should have. But the beer was cold, and it was sooo nice to sleep in a real bed. And at 3 a.m., the cramping started. It began in my right calf, and as I tried stretching/rubbing it out without waking up my wife (sorry, honey!), the left calf started to kick in too. As they both got tighter and more painful, I remembered the… Full review

Tailwind Rebuild

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tailwind Rebuild drink powder is easy to mix, tastes good, is digestible and provided an ideal balance of carbohydrate, protein and electrolytes to replenish the body immediately after exercise. I’m a big fan of recovery snacks and Tailwind Nutrition has developed an easy solution for replenishing needed nutrients efficiently with the new Rebuild drink powder. The recovery period is often overlooked for long-distance backpackers but the concept has been around sports nutrition for a long time. Full review

Médique Medi-Lyte

rated 4 of 5 stars Medi-Lyte is a low cost electrolyte supplement in tablet form that allows you to easily manage your electrolyte replacement with your activity level. This summer I took a different approach in how I went about replacing my electrolytes. Instead of using any one of the many powdered forms that are offered by many of the sport drink manufactures, I decided I would try using an electrolyte supplement from Medique called Medi-Lyte. I purchased Medi-Lyte off of Amazon and it cost $7.65 for a box of 50… Full review

Cusa Premium Instant Tea

rated 5 of 5 stars Cusa Tea is a powdered tea with no other ingredients except tea (with fruit in some flavors). It’s a clean, mostly organic product that is easy to use in the backcountry. It’s a good alternative to tea bags if hot water is not accessible or you don’t want to carry wet tea bags after steeping. Cusa Tea is a premium instant tea that makes tea drinking as easy as those ubiquitous skinny packets that coffee drinkers use. Several tea flavors come in the same kind of stick packaging, making it easy… Full review

Cusa Premium Instant Tea

rated 5 of 5 stars Hot or cold tea in an instant, no steeping required. Black, Oolong, or Green tea in several flavors. Sometimes all you need on a trip is a simple cup of tea. Cusa Premium Instant Tea makes this super easy. Packed into small slim packets, hot or cold tea is ready in seconds. During a recent Tahoe to Yosemite through hike, I tried all five of the Cusa tea flavors and they all passed my taste test. Being a green tea drinker in the morning, it was as simple as boiling some water and opening a packet,… Full review

Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz Tube

rated 4 of 5 stars Hammer Fizz is my go-to ingredient in my bottles. Replenishes electrolytes and helps prevent cramps. I give it 4 stars. If the taste was completely non-bitter, it would be 5 stars. Highly recommended. I am a road cyclist, and Hammer Fizz has become the primary ingredient in my water bottles. For many years I have used maltodextrin (et al)-based drink mix. No matter how I prepared them, even combining several mixes, I found them either too light or too syrupy.  For long rides here in the Northeast… Full review

Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem

rated 5 of 5 stars This has been my secret to sustained energy and endurance on very long hikes and bike rides. It has everything you need to not "hit the wall" in your last mile! I swear by it! I have tried almost every sports drink on the market and this still tops out at #1 for me. Single serving packages seen here. This is marketed as a fuel source for extreme athletes and a product that will utilize fat storage for energy sparing the muscles of increased rate of atrophy. I have used this and other Hammer products… Full review

Packit Gourmet Mango-Kale Jump-Start Smoothie

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Despite ALL of the rest of their products being THE BEST, this one's a swing and a miss. I FINALLY FOUND IT!!! A Packit Gourmet product that I don't love... Just gotta say that I really miss the "Eat a Peach Fruit Smoothie". The berry and tropical are BOTH GREAT, but that peach smoothie was my favorite. One of these fruit smoothies, a Clif bar (or equivalent), and a cup of coffee in the morning and I'm ready for the trail.   And now, as the late, great Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story... Full review

Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 500ml

rated 5 of 5 stars A delicate complex vintage with just a hint of vinegar and preservatives. Plus, it packs great. Black Box has a delectable assortment of 500 ml box wines. You can usually find them at the Walgreens. I have never had one leak in my pack. The taste is always the same, which is good. Would hate to hike in and find out my wine has gone bad. Haven't had one freeze on me yet, either, down to about 20 degrees. Here is a picture of a hotel party just off trail somewhere: It. Is. On! Don't have any pictures… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun Active Hydration Tablets
$18
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix
$1 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem
$3 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix
$4 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz Tube
$5
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink
$3 - $24
Skratch Labs Sport Hydration Drink Mix
$2 - $19
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink
$2 - $27
GU Hydration Drink Tabs
$5 - $6
Starbucks Gourmet Hot Cocoa
$1
Wise Company Powdered Whey Milk
$85
Pat's Backcountry Beverages Soda Concentrate
$1
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes
$23
AlpineAire Foods Berry Blast Smoothie
$4
Nuun Immunity Hydration Tablets
$5
First Endurance EFS Liquid Shot
$30 - $35
AlpineAire Foods Banana Berry Smoothie
$4
GU Roctane Electrolyte Capsules
$8
Hammer Nutrition HEED
$2 - $19
First Endurance EFS Sports Drink
$25
Skratch Labs Sport Recovery Drink Mix
$33
GU Recovery Brew Drink
$30 - $39
AlpineAire Foods Chocolate Banana Smoothie
$4
Nuun Sport Hydration Tablets
$5
Skratch Labs Hyper Hydration Mix
$18
Tailwind Caffeinated Endurance Fuel
$2 - $27
First Endurance Optygen
$80
First Endurance EFS Ultragen Recovery Series
$45
Wise Company Long-Term Milk
$160 - $224
Clif Shot Lemonade Electrolyte Drink
$16
Clif Shot Protein Drink
$20
Nuun Vitamins Hydration Tablets
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Boyd Coffee Hot Spiced Cider
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Cusa Premium Instant Tea
$10 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gatorade Lemon-Lime Mix
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alacer Emergen-C
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trace Minerals Research Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Naked Juice
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Endurox Excel Electrolyte Replenisher
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hotshot Sports Shot
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 500ml
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Maker's Mark
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nestle NIDO Dry Whole Milk
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tailwind Rebuild
$3 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zipfizz
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nuun U Natural Hydration Tablets
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Whole Milk
$4 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Médique Medi-Lyte