The 20 Best Gatorade Flavors, Ranked

From the best to the worst, here's our take on all the flavors

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Gatorade is without a doubt the most popular and influential sports drink in the world. Similar to some of their contemporaries like McDonald's, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi to name a few, Gatorade has far surpassed just being regular-degular food/beverage item, and has since become a global brand that has also been represented and endorsed by many notable athletes and public figures over the decades. Gatorade has a storied history that dates back to its founding in September 1965 when it was created by a team of scientists at the University of Florida College of Medicine (which explains the green and orange colors). Legend has it that the drink was originally made for the Gator athletes to replenish the loss of carbs and electrolytes experienced during intense games/workouts, and now over fifty years later, Gatorade regularly services millions of athletes and non-athletes all over the world in refueling our carbs and electrolytes in a tasty manner. There's been tons of flavors produced over the years, and today we're taking a look at the best Gatorade Flavors, ranked according to reviews.

You know what they say—a fridge isn't completely stocked unless you have some Gatorade in it. Well, actually we're not sure if they say that, but we strongly recommend that every fridge have some Gatorade in it. Scroll down to check out the rankings.

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20. Fierce Grape

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  • Our rating: 4/10

Unfortunately a good percentage of the general public doesn't share the sentiments about the Grape Thirst flavor as we do. Shame. You have to be a lover of all things grape to somewhat enjoy the medicinal cough syrup-like taste. If this helps our case any—you absolutely cannot drink this flavor warm. Some Gatorade flavors still taste good even when warm, but not this one. You need this baby ice cold to get the full effects. Still, however, user reviews are not on our side as one reviewer says "The flavor is ok. I got blue mouth after drinking too much of it. The taste is typical." Yeah...


19. Fierce Green Apple

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  • Our rating: 4/10

Now the Fierce Green is a rating that we can agree with. We understand what the intent from Gatorade was—a sour green apple kind of taste reminiscent of the Jolly Ranchers or Blow Pops flavors, but it's just waste too tangy for our tastes. While the flavor does have its individual fans, the general consensus is that Fierce Green is either too sour or tangy for most. "Green Apple Gatorade is a flavor that is not sold in stores in my city. It's price is high compared to other flavors in the stores. It's a taste that is enjoyable to drink anytime you are thirsty. " says an Amazon shopper in what is a rather objective review.


18. Frost Arctic Blitz

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  • Our rating: 5/10

We're going to try and be objective here, but the Frost Arctic Blitz flavor is just not for us. If there's any one flavor that we can agree tastes medicinal, it's this one right here in our opinion. We understand the name is "Frost Arctic Blitz," so therefore it has to be a "frosty flavor," but we're just not sure if mint and gatorade are two things that are supposed to go together. "Taste too watery, hardly any flavor," says an Amazon reviewer, except to us it does have a flavor—mint.


17. Frost Glacier Cherry

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  • Our rating: 5/10

It must be our taste buds that can't understand why this is ranked above the Fierce Grape flavor as to us this literally tastes like cough syrup prescribed to you by the doctor when you have a cold. That said, some really rock with the Frost Cool Cherry as one Walmart reviewer says "Refreshing taste and has electrolyte needed when we are out working or playing." That person in particular gave the flavor a full five star rating. Maybe the world knows something that we don't.


16. Frost Icy Charge

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  • Our rating: 6/10

While not the best flavor in the Gatorade docket in our opinion, Icy Charge is still pretty decent—especially after having it chilled for a long time. It goes without saying that Icy Charge is a flavor that's at it's best when it is frozen or close to it, and for what it's worth, it's almost impossible to get online as many stores are sold out of the flavor. Here's what Instacart Reviewer had to say: "Very refreshing flavour. I hate how nondescript the flavour name is. You’re taking a gamble the first time you try it. I really like it though. I can’t really describe the flavour; I suppose it’s like a less strong berry blue. If the other classic flavours are too bold for you, this may be to your liking, however it’s still quite sweet. Hope this helps!"

Fair enough.


15. Strawberry Lemonade

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  • Our rating: 6/10

The Strawberry Lemonade is another flavor to us that teeters the line of just being "okay." It's hard to explain, but it's almost like the favor is too 50/50. In our opinion, Strawberry Lemonade works best when there's an imbalance (either too much strawberry or too much lemonade). Some find the flavor absolutely delicious, however, with one Amazon reviewer adding "I wish this flavour was in stores. It is very delicious. The smell is nice and there is a good aftertaste." Strawberry Lemonade gets the thirst quenching job done.


14. Fierce Fruit Punch + Berry

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  • Our rating: 6.5/10

The Fruit Punch + Berry blend is a flavor that seems to get the people going a bit. "3 dancers of 10+ years agree this tastes like a 69 second spray of Tresimè max hold hairspray to the mouth and we all ate hairspray in our careers. (Ps. I’m sorry Tresimè don’t sue me," says one reviewer of the flavor. Tough crowd. There are some, however, that love the blend as one person says "As an active person, I often find myself dehydrated at the end of a running session. I wanna consider myself loyalty Gatorade, but one on special I’ll buy a few and store them in the fridge." Seems as though it can go either way with this flavor.


13. Blue Cherry

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  • Our rating: 6.5/10

Theoretically speaking, are blue and cherry flavors that should go together? Once again, some to be divided on the subject matter. In fact, one Amazon reviewer claims that Blue Cherry was so good it helped them quit soda: "Blue Cherry is my favorite flavor Gatorade, in fact since I tried it I haven’t had a soda." Another reviewer adds "It is in my opinion the best tasting of all the flavors." Survey says that Blue Cherry is a hit for most consumers.


12. Strawberry

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  • Our rating: 6.5/10

In our opinion, the pure Strawberry flavor is just a tad bit too tangy for our liking as we like our strawberry drinks more sweet than sour, but the general public seems like they're in agreement for this being a great Gatorade flavor. "This flavor Gatorade is definitely one of my favorites to choose. It's a nice flavor but light and very refreshing at the same time," says one Walmart reviewer. That said, there is somebody out there that shares our sentiments "I like almost every gatorade flavor, but there's something about this one I don't love. The flavor is okay, but it's not the best. Out of all gatorade this is my least favorite," claims another. Most like the Strawberry flavor though.


11. Melon

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  • Our rating: 7/10

Justice for the Melon flavor! Not only can this flavor be very hard to find in stores, it's also very hard to find online. That's probably because it's not as heavily in-demand as some of the others. Not only does it taste like the fruit, but it's just the right amount of melon flavor and just the right amount of sweet. We fear since it's so hard to find that the flavor might be heading towards being discontinued and that can't happen. Gatorade if you're reading this—do not discontinue! Please!


10. Riptide Rush

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  • Our rating: 7/10

You probably have to be a berry/grape lover to appreciate Riptide Rush, but the general consensus is that it's a great drink. "Riptide Rush is our favorite flavor. It's hard to find the 20oz in any store. We drink it during the summertime doing yard work and Spring, Summer and Fall Baseball," says one lover of the flavor, and we agree. The Riptide Rush quells any thirst or dehydration you have going on and tastes great when it's super chilled. That could be our grape bias showing though.


9. Lemonade

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  • Our rating: 7/10

"Lemonade is the only flavor that my taste buds really like, but is hard to find," is the perfect review for the Lemonade Gatorade Flavor. It's a really good taste (especially when borderline frozen), but it can be pretty hard to find in stores and online. "Love the flavor. Best one Gatorade makes," adds another reviewer which further confirms our thoughts. Not everybody does lemonade well, but Gatorade does. 


8. Lime Cucumber

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  • Our rating: 7.5/10

If you'd asked us before what we thought of a lime cucumber flavor in a Gatorade format, we would have told you that under no circumstance would we be trying. Well, we tried and we were proven wrong. The Lime Cucumber Gatorade is actually quite good, and we're not the only ones who think so either. "This flavor is very well balanced. I love it in the summer because it is refreshing. For about a year now kids say it's their favorite. Walmart is the only store that reliably carries it. It's even good frozen," says a Walmart reviewer. We actually haven't given this a go frozen yet, so perhaps it's time.


7. Grape

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  • Our rating: 7.5/10

Alright, you've got to admit we've been quite fair with our grape flavor bias. We could have put it at the number one spot, but we did not. The seventh spot seems to be good placement, and regardless of what grape haters may say, the Grape Gatorade is more beloved than it is hated. Don't worry grape lovers, we've got you.


6. Fruit Punch

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  • Our rating: 8/10

Should we have put Fruit Punch Gatorade higher? We personally love the flavor and think it tastes great both warm and cold (but especially cold). "Purchase over a dozen of these each week, for my spouse to have for work, and kids to have for sports," says one Walmart purchaser with another adding "I like the Red too. ... and when you are clearing trees and otherwise toiling in the blazing sun and choking humidity... a little Red Gatorade does the trick." A little Red Gatorade does for sure do the trick.


5. Orange

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  • Our rating: 8/10

"Thats my flavor ! Rehydration during the summer. Use it to replace electrolytes after exercising. I drink Gatorade all year for hydration. It's the best product," exclaims a Walmart reviewer. We'd have to agree as Orange Gatorade is indeed a flavor that hits the spot. Put this in the refrigerator on a hot summer day, and you're all good to go. One of the best Gatorade flavors out there in our opinion.


4. Lemon Lime

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  • Our rating: 8.5/10

Lemon lime is another flavor that some companies struggle with getting ride. Gatorade get's it right as their Lemon Lime flavor is balanced perfectly with lemon and lime. The flavor is mostly tangy, but has a small amount of sweetness that makes the drink taste incredible. "I love a Gatorade in the Lemon Lime flavor. It has just the right amount of sweetness and the flavor is really good. It is a great source of electrolytes. They're a great addition after a workout or just to rehydrate," a Google review that says it best.


3. Mystery Flavor

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  • Our rating: 8.5/10

While some may not be fond of the idea of not knowing what flavor they're going to get until they start drinking, we actually think the concept is pretty cool. Of course there's always a chance that it could end up being a flavor you don't particularly care for, but hey—that's a part of the game right?


2. Passion Fruit

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  • Our rating: 9.5/10

Passion Fruit is another Gatorade Flavor we fear is on its way out, which is a shame because it is truly one of the best Gatorade Flavors to be created. You can hardly find it in stores and anymore, and it's become even more difficult to grab online as opposed to a couple of years ago. Made to have a tropical island blend, it tastes almost as if you've ordered a drink and are lounging on a beach in the Caribbean. Guess we'll have to pour one on the ground for Passion Fruit.


1. Strawberry Kiwi

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  • Our rating: 10/10

All hail the great Strawberry Kiwi Gatorade. Sadly the original version of the Strawberry Kiwi flavor is also one that we're going to have to pour one on the ground for sooner than later as it's been replaced by the Zero version (which isn't the same) and the Rapid Rehydration Strawberry Kiwi Gatorade (which also isn't the same). Don't let anybody tell you these two taste like the original, while definitely still good, they are not the original. Luckily Walmart still has us covered for now. You'll have to invest in a 15-pack, but it's well worth it.

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