Summer is here—and that means it’s the season of iced tea, lemonade, and chilled cans of your favorite energy drinks. Whether you’re hanging by the pool, packing up the cooler for the beach, or heading to a friend’s backyard barbecue, having refreshing summer sips at the ready can enhance the experience of any outdoor activity. From drinks that offer big, bold flavor and enhanced focus to all-out energy and endurance (beach workout, anyone?), we’ve got the perfect pick for you.
ABE Energy + Performance Drink
ABE’s energy drink is aptly described as “not for the fainthearted,” and it lives up to its hardcore slogan. While its fruity flavors are easy to sip down, don’t underestimate the power of this formula. In addition to 200 milligrams of caffeine, each can of ABE is also packed with 2,000 milligrams of citrulline malate and 1,000 milligrams of betaine anhydrous, in addition to taurine, l-theanine, a special form of choline, and the usual B vitamins (B3 and B12). In all, it’s a recipe for intense pumps, laser-sharp focus, and lasting energy and endurance.
Want to swap your cup of Joe for something more exciting? BUM Energy has the same amount of caffeine per can as your average 12-ounce coffee (about 112 milligrams) but promises to perk your taste buds right up with flavors like Cherry Frost and Orange Sunrise. Made without artificial colors or a drop of sugar, these energy drinks offer just enough oomph without sending you straight into jitter territory—and also contain 250 milligrams of Cognizin citicoline, a patented form of the nootropic citicoline, which supports energy production in the brain and helps you feel sharp and focused.
If you like your creativity flowing and your energy drinks clean, meet your new obsession: PHOCUS. Created by rapper Jack Harlow to support getting in the artistic zone and pushing past writer’s block, PHOCUS is made with just five ingredients: reverse osmosis sparkling water, natural pineapple or orange flavor, citric acid, caffeine from natural green tea, and l-theanine. The amino acid l-theanine is the real star here, supporting a calm sense of focus that’s enhanced by 75 milligrams of caffeine. It’s a clean and simple solution for the energy and mental clarity.
You already love PRIME’s electrolyte-filled hydration drinks, and the brand’s energy drinks combine 300 milligrams of those all-important minerals and coconut water with 200 milligrams of caffeine, B vitamins, l-theanine, and taurine—all of the major players you’d expect to see in an energy-revving formula. Available in six flavors (including the fan-favorite Ice Pop, Strawberry Watermelon, and Orange Mango) that pack a sweet punch, PRIME’s energy drinks provide you with all of the key ingredients you need to train hard and long.
All eight flavors of RYSE Fuel energy drinks are epic, but if you’re a sucker for nostalgia, you’ll be particularly crazy for the Kool-Aid Tropical Punch, Country Time Lemonade, and Sunny D Tangy Original. These cans have more than fun flavor going for them, though; each one delivers all-day energy with a team of all-star ingredients, including 200 milligrams of natural caffeine, vitamin C, 500 milligrams of choline bitartrate, 500 milligrams of taurine, and more. They’re also sugar-free and made without artificial colors.
GHOST Limited Edition Bubblicious Strawberry Splash Energy Drink
Whether you’re already a fan of GHOST Energy or are new to the buzzy brand, don’t miss its Limited Edition Bubblicious Strawberry Splash flavor while it’s here this summer. The bright pop of juicy fruit flavor will transport you right back to the days of bicycles and sprinklers in the street—and that’s even before GHOST’s powerful energy formula kicks in. Each sweet sip delivers a legendary boost, with a full can packing 200 milligrams of natural caffeine, 100 percent of your daily value for seven B vitamins, 1,000 milligrams of acetyl-l-carnitine, plus Alpha-GPC and NeuroFactor (a patented coffee fruit extract with nootropic properties). It’s a recipe for mind-blowing brain and body power to help you charge through the longest days of the year.