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Red Bull: 5 Best Flavors & 3 Weird Flavors + Alternatives

Red Bull, with its iconic branding and fun advertising schemes, is nearly as popular as Coca Cola. In this article we’ll explore the best Red Bull flavors, as well as the weirdest, most unusual ones. And if you want to explore beyond the ‘wiiings’ of Red Bull, we’ll also delve into some of the most popular alternatives.

It’s well-known across the world and just as well-loved. But did you know that Red Bull doesn’t just make the one flavor? There are a number of variations on the popular energy drink, and they don’t just include sugar free versions of the original.

What to Know about Red Bull Flavors

What to Know about Red Bull Flavors

Fun fact: Red Bull is actually banned in Norway and Denmark, alongside other energy drinks like it. This is because it contains a vast amount of caffeine, which could pose possible health risks if you’re sensitive to caffeine.

For most of us this isn’t noteworthy, however, and you can definitely enjoy a Red Bull with your lunch or as a special treat.

Red Bull is well-known for sponsoring a range of extreme sports, including Formula 1. Perhaps most famously, Red Bull created a skydiving project involving a near insane altitude of over 24 mi high.

It involved Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who became the first person to break the sound barrier during his jump without the use of any sort of engine-added power.

The brand Red Bull has long perpetuated the idea that their drink ‘gives you wings’ by boosting energy levels. Their marketing team is definitely doing something right there, as it’s the third most powerful drinks company in the world behind Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

Another interesting fact about Red Bull is that the flavoring is still made in Thailand, where the drink first originated under the name Krating Daeng.

Origin of Red Bull

Origin of Red Bull

The history of Red Bull stretches back to 1976, when a drink called Krating Daeng was invented in Thailand. Interestingly, the name means ‘red gaur’, or red bison.

Red Bull was formed when Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz traveled to Thailand and decided to go into business with the creator of Krating Daeng. Together, they co-founded the international brand Red Bull.

It should be noted that both businessmen invested $500,000 each to launch the new company.

However, the investment paid off, and Red Bull soon became known as a premium, trendy drink, popular on ski slopes and at sporting events.

Who Invented Red Bull

Who Invented Red Bull

Red Bull under its modern name was created by Austrian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz and Thai Chaleo Yoovidhya. The latter first created the energy drink Krating Daeng, as mentioned above.

In the late 1980s he went into business with Mateschitz to create and launch Red Bull.

Ingredients of Classic Red Bull

Ingredients of Classic Red Bull

The basic ingredients of regular Red Bull are carbonated water, glucose, sucrose, taurine, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate and caffeine.

You’ll also find magnesium carbonate, niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCI, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12, and both artificial and natural flavoring in it.

Taurine, which is found in many energy drinks including Red Bull, is actually an amino acid. It’s found in various cells throughout the body as well as in seafood and meat you consume.

Taurine helps the body produce energy as well as aiding a number of other beneficial processes.

How Much Caffeine Is In Red Bull?

How Much Caffeine Is In Red Bull?

A small can of Red Bull (8.4 fl oz) contains 77.4 mg of caffeine. By comparison, a regular cup of coffee (8 fl oz) contains around 94.8 mg of caffeine.

A possible risk factor here is that Red Bull doesn’t taste like coffee, so you’d likely be more tempted to consume more and inadvertently have too much caffeine without knowing it.

There is no caffeine-free variety of Red Bull, for obvious reasons. Even Red Bull Zero and Red Bull Sugar Free contain caffeine.

The Best Red Bull Flavors You Need to Try

The Best Red Bull Flavors You Need to Try

Deciding which Red Bull flavor is the best is down to personal choice, of course. But for those of us who have only ever had the original drink, there’s a world to explore.

Below are the top Red Bull flavors we think you should try. Enjoy these on their own or mixed into a drink.

Red Bull Winter Edition – Pear Cinnamon

Red Bull Winter Edition – Pear Cinnamon

The mix of juicy pear flavor, orchard fruits, and cinnamon really work here. Red Bull’s own website features this limited edition can paired with some ginger syrup, lemon juice, and apple juice to make a tasty mocktail.

They suggest you serve it with a sprig of fresh thyme and a slice of dried lemon. It’s lovely without being too overpowering.

Red Bull Red Edition – Watermelon

Red Bull Red Edition – Watermelon

Interestingly, this one also gets mixed reviews. Basically, if you enjoy watermelon jolly ranchers you’ll love watermelon-flavored Red Bull.

Most watermelon-flavored drinks don’t taste much like the real thing, and this is no exception. It is, however, refreshing and really hits the spot if you crave something sweet that tastes like watermelon candy.

It’s exactly why Red Bull Red Edition has so many fans, too.

Red Bull Simply Cola

Red Bull Simply Cola

Scarcely available, Red Bull Simply Cola is/was (depending on if you can still find a can) a firm favorite amongst fans of Red Bull and, well, cola.

The Simply Cola variety was briefly available again as part of their Organics by Red Bull range, marketed in 2008. It contained natural flavoring and caffeine, and was a popular choice by Red Bull fans who prefer organic products.

Fun fact: to achieve the flavor of their organic ‘cola’, Red Bull made use of a lot of natural ingredients, including mustard, ginger, nutmeg, lemon, and cinnamon.

It was sweetened with caramelized sugar, which also colored it brown.

Cranberry Red Bull

Cranberry Red Bull

This limited edition ‘Red’ flavor has been gone for a while but can sometimes still be found online. It’s one of the most popular flavors and one Red Bull fans seem to really love.

Interestingly, Red Bull’s cranberry flavor wasn’t tangy and just provided plenty of cranberry sweetness. You may wish to add a wedge of fresh lime if you can get your hands on this flavor, to make it a bit more realistic cranberry flavored.

Either way, it’s a popular one though, and one that people still happily buy from e-retailers.

Juneberry Red Bull

Juneberry Red Bull

For those of us who don’t know, juneberries are native to Canada and North America, and look a bit like blueberries.

They’re actually related to pears and apples.

The Red Bull flavor tastes a little like blue raspberry, except it has a pleasing tartness that keeps it from getting too sweet.

It’s popular and one of the less sweet flavors, it would seem, so well worth it if you don’t like your drinks to taste too sickly.

The Weirdest Red Bull Flavors

The Weirdest Red Bull Flavors

Red Bull doesn’t have the strangest flavors out there. Most of the special editions are some sort of fruit flavor, so there’s nothing massively surprising.

With that said, some of the flavors ‘work’ (see watermelon above) and others really don’t. Here is a list of the strangest flavors Red Bull has concocted to date.

Red Bull Blueberry

Red Bull Blueberry

In our research, blueberry was Red Bull’s most divisive flavor. Some loved it, but most people who tried it found it insufferably sweet and artificial-tasting.

The idea behind the flavored drinks appears to be to appease anyone who doesn’t like the original Red Bull taste.

As a result, it would seem that the other flavors have much more flavoring added to them to ‘mask’ just that. Blueberry is no exception, and just tastes really artificial and like overly sweet blueberry candy. Avoid.

Red Bull Coconut Berry

Red Bull Coconut Berry

Second on the list is the abomination that is coconut and blueberry. We probably needn’t say much more, but Red Bull somehow just doesn’t lend itself to being a coconut-flavored drink.

With that said, as with any weird flavors, even this has its fans. If you like coconut candy you’re probably not going to mind this.

Red Bull Zero

Red Bull Zero

Sometimes described as sickly or as tasting overly of chemicals. Essentially, Red Bull tried to offer a zero calorie drink, but it didn’t work.

Honestly, if you’re on a diet, just skip a snack if you’re craving a Red Bull. A regular can has 117 calories, which isn’t too bad.

Having an unsatisfying Red Bull Zero is likely far worse and will still leave you wanting a regular can.

The Original Red Bull Flavors

The Original Red Bull Flavors

There are two key ‘original’ flavors still available today, plus a range that was technically truly original, but no longer exists today. We cover both in the list below.

It’s worth noting that Red Bull was the most popular brand of energy drinks in 2020, commanding a massive 43% market share.

Most of this seems to be attributed to the original flavor, so it’s got to be good.

Original

Original

Describing the original flavor Red Bull is slightly tricky. To us, it tastes like Haribo gummy candies dissolved into a sparkling beverage. Others describe it as a mix of tangy and sweet, with a combination of citrus and fruity flavors.

Either way, the original flavor is still one of the most popular, and for good reason, as it is delicious.

Original Sugar Free

Original Sugar Free

Sugar-free Red Bull is made with Acesulfam K and Aspartame, which are both sweeteners. So it tastes fairly similar, but with a sort of sweetener aftertaste that some people like and some people don’t.

Either way, it only contains about 3 calories per 100 ml, so it’s a little better if you’re on a diet.

Original Flavors Line-Up

Original Flavors Line-Up

These are worth a mention here, though they’re no longer available. The original flavored varieties included a red, blue, and silver edition.

The red was cranberry, blue was blueberry, and silver was a dry lime flavor. These were first introduced in 2013, though many have since been discontinued or replaced by other flavors.

Some flavors are now only available in select regions or during certain seasons.

Tasty Alternatives to Red Bull

Tasty Alternatives to Red Bull

If you like Red Bull but want to try some alternatives, the brands below are the most popular. Some offer a lot more flavor variations, so they’re fun to experiment with.

And if the artificial ingredients and additional ingredients in energy drinks are a bit too much for you, check out our bonus suggestion.

Monster

Monster

Monster is another hugely popular brand of energy drinks available across much of the world. They have a wide range of flavors, including crazy ones like Ultra Violet, Raspberry Tea, Ultra Sunrise, and Chocolate Muscle Monster Energy Shake.

So these may be a great alternative for you if you like energy drinks but don’t love the taste of Red Bull.

Gatorade

Gatorade

Gatorade recently introduced their range of energy drinks called Fast Twitch. These come in a range of Gatorade-esque flavors, including Glacier, Cool Blue, Strawberry, Tropical, and more.

Fun fact: Gatorade allegedly tastes sweeter when you’re dehydrated, and more on the sour side when hydrated.

Rockstar

Rockstar

Rockstar also produce a range of hugely popular energy drinks. These include Guava, Silver Ice, Watermelon Kiwi, Original, Grape, and more.

They’re popular for their high contents of caffeine, taurine, and B vitamins.

They also contain herbal extracts that are meant to boost your energy levels, including ginseng and guarana.

Bonus: Matcha Green Tea

Bonus: Matcha Green Tea

Matcha green tea is said to give you a better, longer-lasting boost of energy than an equally sized cup of coffee.

A regular cup of matcha tea contains about 60 mg of caffeine, so less than a can of Red Bull.

You can easily make matcha green tea into a cooled drink, too. Simply steep it with a little bit of honey or brown sugar and chill, then serve over ice or blend into a delicious smoothie.

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