Sunday, 13 May 2012

Lucozade Revive Light Energy Drink 50 Calories (Review)

I don’t often buy energy drinks, instead preferring coffee to keep me going through the day. However, I recently found myself lugging home a large 4-pack of Lucozade Revive from the Morrisons store I’d just visited.

This lightly sparkling energy drink is a lower calorie alternative with 75% less sugar to Lucozade’s range of energy drinks. Revive is available in three flavours at the time of writing: Orange with Acai, Lemongrass with Ginger, or Cranberry with Acai.

This was a bit of an impulse buy, but there were two persuading factors for me.

Number one: Each 380ml bottle has 50 calories. I probably wouldn’t have stopped to look at them if it wasn’t for the large ’50 calories’ text showing prominently on the label. Even that wouldn’t have been enough to make me buy without another persuading factor -

Number two: The flavour - Ginger and Lemongrass. This reminded me of one of my favourite drinks from Japanese restaurant Itsu, called a Ginger Zinger (a mixture of ginger, apple and lemon juice). I hoped it would bear some resemblance to that flavour.

I could only see the one variety in Morrisons and they were only sold in 4-packs (not for individual resale). However, they may be found in individual bottles in some Tesco and Boots outlets and also Esso and BP shops.

What Lucozade say about Revive:

'When it comes to vitamins, the Bs are hard to beat. B3 fights tiredness, B5, B6 & B12 help with everyday energy release.
They’re what you’ll find in every 50 calories bottle of Lucozade Revive. Refreshment with a little more zing.

And here is their promotional video currently showing on TV:

Witness My Revival

Onto the taste test. I served mine up in a glass with ice and looked forward to the first taste. Even before the glass reached my lips I couldn’t mistake the refreshing lemony smell coming from the drink.

Tasting it was even better. I think the lemon smells stronger, while the ginger flavour comes through more prominently when drinking it. This combination provides a lovely refreshing taste.

What I didn't like so much was the fizziness. It’s described as ‘lightly sparkling’. However, I found it to be somewhat more than this. In fact, it was bursting with fizzy bubbles which were so strong it was hard to take more than a couple of mouthfuls in a row. I’m not a fan of fizzy drinks generally and can just about tolerate lightly sparkling. But this was supercharged with effervescence.

I enticed a couple of fizzy drink addicts in my family to give me their opinion and they agreed, yes it’s super fizzy. It wasn’t just that bottle either. Maybe someone was over enthusiastic with the fizzy machine that day, I don’t know.

Overall, a lovely tasting drink with a bit too much fizz. Whether or not it gave me more energy is hard to say. I only drank about a quarter of the bottle in one go and saved the rest for later. It is a good thirst quencher.

I also wondered how much caffeine was in each bottle. However, there is no mention of this on the label apart from the statement that the caffeine is naturally sourced from coffee beans.

After checking out Lucozade’s website, it seems that a regular bottle of Lucozade Energy contains 46mg of caffeine per 380ml bottle. So I would assume Lucozade Revive has a similar amount to this rather than Lucozade Alert which contains a much higher caffeine content of 120mg/60ml.

I base this assumption on the warning on the label which states that Lucozade Revive is not suitable for children under 3. Lucozade Alert however, isn't suitable for those under 16, pregnant or sensitive to caffeine.

Nutrition info per 380ml bottle: 50 calories (13 per 100ml), 10.6g sugars, 0g fat, 0g saturates, trace salt. Not suitable for children under 3 years old. Low sugar.

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