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I have been feeling rather run down over the last few days and felt I needed something to buck me up. With two over-active children in the house I cannot really afford to be lacking in energy - I have to be constantly on the go.
I decided, therefore to go for a battery recharge by purchasing an energy drink. But which one? There are so many of these on the market now - probably the highest profile one being Red Bull (and supermarkets equivalent of it). I, however, find Red Bull quite sickly and definitely could not enjoy it. So, I decided to go for the original energy drink, which hit the marketplace before all the others - Lucozade Original Energy Drink.
It had been years since this sparkling liquid had passed my lips and I honestly could not remember what it tasted like. But in my present condition I knew I had to try something. This drink as far as I am aware, comes in 2 sizes - 1 litre priced between £1.80 and £2 and 380ml priced between 70p and 90p. Quite expensive. I, however, managed to pick up 2 for 99p at the 99p store in the city centre. If I didn't like it, I thought I could give the second bottle away. It is made by Smithkline Beecham and the packaging of it never seems to have changed. It is still in it's original red, yellow and orange colouring. The 380ml bottles which I purchased are plastic with lucozade in bright yellow, vertically on the front and a red twist off sealed cap. You are advised that it is original energy and that it is a glucose sparkling drink. At the bottom of the bottle there are loads of rising effervescent bubbles depicted.
Nutritionally, each 100ml gives you 73 calories and there is no fat (yippee!!) Being a glucose drink you can be assured that this will give you loads of energy and it also claims to have energy releasing B vitamins.
There is information on the back of the bottle for diabetics - basically telling them how much of this drink they are allowed (didn't mean much to me but I imagine carbohydrate exchanges will mean something to sufferers of diabetes).
So, now for the taste trial. The cap on the top of the bottle has a seal to be broken. As you break the seal you are aware that this drink is indeed fizzy. As I have a smell the bubbles go up my nose. There is, however, very little smell at all to the drink. I have my first taste of the amber liquid and it is very pleasant. The effervescence is pleasing but taste-wise it is very difficult to describe. I would perhaps best describe it as a mild slightly fruity taste but nothing at all overpowering. This, however, stops the drink becoming sickly. It is most definitely a thirst quencher. The other good thing about this drink is that it doesn't leave an aftertaste. The bubbles are definitely what makes this drink special. I would imagine if you left this drink to go flat it would spoil the experience as I would think you would be left with a rather bland uninteresting drink.
That being said, I definitely enjoyed my drink and am looking forward to the second bottle (oh no, another addiction). I do feel revitalised and ready to cope with my hectic lifestyle. I will definitely be buying more of these - next time I visit the city centre and at around 50p a bottle (from my special shop) they do not seem to be so expensive.
I believe this drink is also good if you have been ill or hungover to revitalise but as a refreshing drink it is equally good.