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Pumped Up Water: The Best Drink Mixes

For replenishing electrolytes and boosting flavor, our staff favors these mix-ins


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Plain water is, well, plain. Read on to see which drink mixes our staff prefers for replenishing electrolytes and boosting flavor. photo: iStockPhoto

Best Drink Mixes - CamelBack Elixir

Drop these sugar-free tablets (1 for every 16 ounces) into your bladder for a tangy tropical drink fortified with caffeine, and a good dose of B vitamins. $7 (12 pack); camelbak.com

Best drink mixes - Emergen-C Tangerine

It’s the next best thing to a glass of OJ in the morning, complete with a whopping 1000mg of vitamin C. $14 (30 packets); shop.emergenc.com

best drink mixes - Nuun active

You get all of the good electrolytes without a cloying sweetness that so many other drinks have. $8 (12 tablets); nuun.com

Best drink mixes - Gu Electrolyte Brew

The electrolytes and calories prevent the bonk and cramping on big dayhikes, singletrack rides, and adventure races. $18 (24 servings); guenergy.com

Best drink mixes - Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix (Raspberries)

Flavored with real fruit and no artificial color or preservatives, this water-enhancer has 35 percent of your daily value of vitamin C. $35 (20-pack); skratchlabs.com

Best Drink Mixes - Acli-Mate Mountain Sport Drink

With rich flavor–like kids’ punch–and just the right amount of effervescence, this one feels good in the tummy and keeps you hydrated during long, active days up high. $28 (30 servings); acli-mate.com

CamelBak Elixir (tropical punch flavor)

Drop these sugar-free tablets (1 for every 16 ounces) into your bladder for a tangy tropical drink fortified with caffeine, and a good dose of B vitamins. $7 (12 pack); camelbak.com

Emergen-C Tangerine

It’s the next best thing to a glass of OJ in the morning, complete with a whopping 1000mg of vitamin C. $14 (30 packets); shop.emergenc.com

Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix (Raspberries)

Flavored with real fruit and no artificial color or preservatives, this water-enhancer has 35 percent of your daily value of vitamin C. $35 (20-pack); skratchlabs.com

Nuun Active

You get all of the good electrolytes without a cloying sweetness that so many other drinks have. $8 (12 tablets); nuun.com

GU Electrolyte Brew

The electrolytes and calories prevent the bonk and cramping on big dayhikes, singletrack rides, and adventure races. $18 (24 servings); guenergy.com

Acli-Mate Mountain Sport Drink

With rich flavor–like kids’ punch–and just the right amount of effervescence, this one feels good in the tummy and keeps you hydrated during long, active days up high. $28 (30 servings); acli-mate.com