Best energy drink for mornings (start the day right)

Some of the best energy drinks for morning side by side

Mornings are often sleepy and you might feel tired when waking up from a deep sleep either to rush off to work or school.

So, why not grab an energy drink to kickstart your morning?

Energy drinks might be the key to waking up and getting the day off to a good start.

Let’s get started!

Things to look for when buying energy drinks

Most grocery shops & supermarkets are full of a huge variety of energy drinks, all claiming to be the best.

So how do you know which energy drink is best for the morning?

In my opinion, the following items are a good way to assess different energy drink brands to determine which one is the best for you:

  • caffeine content
  • sugar content
  • calories
  • ingredients
  • price

Evaluation of the above criteria will help you choose the best drink to kickstart your sleepy mornings.

Caffeine Content

In my opinion, between 50-100mg of caffeine per serve is the perfect amount.

Any more than that and I find it to be a bit overpowering and it sometimes leaves me unable to concentrate or think clearly, which isn’t ideal when you’re starting your day.

The FDA recommendation for caffeine intake is a maximum of 400mg per day. That’s caffeine from all sources – energy drinks, coffee, tea and elsewhere in your diet.

As caffeine helps us to keep us awake and focused, it’s a good way to jumpstart your morning and set off for the day with a spring in your step.

If you’re like me, you probably also love the benefits of caffeine, but it’s always important to stay within the limits recommended by the FDA.

No more than 400mg per day.

Coffee beans are a great source of caffeine
Caffeine is a key ingredient for many people’s morning.

Sugar Content

We all know that sugar is bad for us.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 37.5g of sugar per day for men and 25g of sugar per day for women.

I prefer sugar-free energy drinks and there are certainly plenty to choose from these days.

This study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that sugar intake had a participatory role in the epidemic of obesity, heart disease and other health problems.

In my opinion, the extra flavor of full-sugar drinks isn’t worth the health problems that they may cause over time.

Choose a sugar-free energy drink to start your day without any guilt.


Another factor that you might look at is the number of calories in an energy drink that you’re considering adding to your morning routine.

This study suggests that eating a low-calorie diet with a significant portion of your total calories in the morning can help with weight loss.

I don’t know if I would interpret that as a green light to go ahead and choose energy drinks that are high in calories to drink first thing in the morning, but it is interesting data.

According to The American Heart Association, a 2000 calorie intake per day is a balanced diet but it might vary with age, gender, and the amount of physical activity that you do in a day.

In my opinion, it’s best to choose an energy drink that is low in calories rather than one that is high in calories, but that’s just what I prefer.

Perhaps experiment with a few different types of energy drinks and see which one works best for you in the morning.


All energy drinks must clearly display their ingredients according to the guidelines set by the American Beverage Association (ABA).

It’s a good idea to check the list of ingredients to understand exactly what you’re drinking before deciding which energy drink is best for your needs.

unfortunately, I have seen several examples of energy drink brands being misleading about the amount of particular ingredients that are actually included.

I’ve even paid to do my own lab testing to verify some ingredients and have been shocked by what I found compared to what the brand stated.

In any case, check out the ingredients and decide for yourself which items are the most important to you and how much of those ingredients you actually need for them to be meaningful.

For a comprehensive breakdown of energy drink ingredients and what they do check out my other article which covers everything you need to know.


I love getting a good deal, but I don’t want to sacrifice quality.

I’m sure you’re the same, why pay more than you need to, right?

This one goes without saying, but if you can get a high-quality energy drink for an affordable price, that’s better than paying more for something that’s maybe not even as good.

My absolute favorite energy drink costs only around $1 per drink, including shipping right to your door.

More on that later though….

What is the best drink to have first thing in the morning?

There are plenty of options to drink for extra energy in the mornings.

Energy drinks are certainly one option, and I’ll suggest a few brands worth checking out below.

You can also consider coffee, tea, smoothies or fresh juices. I love all of these at different times, but let’s be honest. You’re here for my energy drink recommendations, so let’s get straight to them.

Best Energy Drinks to start your mornings

The table below shows some of the best energy drinks for your mornings:

Brands Caffeine Content (mg) Sugar Content (g) Calories
Rockstar Sugar-Free 1600 20
Monster absolutely zero13500
Celsius energy drink 200010
REIZE 50 0 11

Rockstar Sugar-Free

If you’re looking for a relatively high caffeine option from a recognizable brand with multiple flavor options then you may want to make Rockstar your morning energy drink of choice…

Rockstar energy drink UK version
This UK version of regular Rockstar contains 24g of sugar and 122 calories per 500ml can.

Regular Rockstar has a bit too much sugar for my liking, but it’s one of the most popular energy drinks in the world for a reason, so it might be worth trying to see if it works for you.

If you want to avoid the sugar, try Rockstar sugar-free instead.

Check the current price on Amazon. (#ad)

Monster Absolutely Zero

Monster Absolutely Zero is something I would personally drink some mornings due to its moderate caffeine, zero sugar and calories.

This might be a suitable choice for people who are mindful of how many calories they are consuming.

Check the current price on Amazon. (#ad)

Celsius energy drink

Celsius is a popular brand with the fitness crowd, and I have to say that it tastes good.

Celsius contains 200mg of caffeine per can, and Celsius Heat contains a whopping 300mg of caffeine per can making it one of the strongest energy drinks in the world.

The caffeine content is a bit high for my liking, but it might work for you. Check it out and see if it works for you.

Check out my review article for the full details before you buy Celsius.

Several flavors of Celsius energy drink
A selection of the Celsius flavors.

Check the current price on Amazon here. (#ad)

I’ve also written extensively about the Celsius ingredients which you should also check out if you’re thinking about taking the plunge and adding Celsius to your morning routine.

REIZE Energy Drink (10 out of 10)

REIZE is my absolute favorite energy drink and it’s a great way to start the day with a spring in your step.

With 50mg of caffeine per serve, it’s a sensible amount of caffeine that won’t blow your head off or leave you feeling like you can see sounds.

The combination of caffeine, taurine, ginseng and B vitamins work together to give you a perfect and long-lasting energy boost, with no crash.

With only 11 calories and no sugar, REIZE is also a guilt-free option to start your day.

Best of all, REIZE costs around $1 per drink including shipping right to your door.

REIZE energy drink is a great choice for the morning
REIZE is a great quality energy drink at an affordable price.

Try REIZE today and you might also find that it quickly becomes an important part of your morning ritual.

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Marty Spargo

I started my own energy drink brand in 2014 and am passionate about educating people about energy drinks so that they can properly understand the ingredients, benefits and risks without being influenced by the marketing messages put out by some brands. You can read my full bio here.

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