It’s been a while now since we’ve first noticed advertising at the local coffee stands for Lotus Energy drinks. I have only recently been wondering what exactly goes into making this delicious drink?
Lotus energy concentrates are made from a blend of coffee fruit (cascara), green coffee beans, super fruits, lotus flower extract, and a few other select botanicals. The majority of the ingredients are high in anti-oxidants and vary based on the flavor of the lotus.
There’s lots to know about this wonderful alternative to traditional coffee. From its caffeine content to the number of total carbohydrates we’ll tell you what we know about this delicious drink.
A Deep Dive Into The Contents
Above we listed all of the primary ingredients in Lotus Energy concentrates. We’re going to briefly go over each one and tell you what we know about them.
Lotus Energy drinks get their caffeine properties from the same source as traditional coffee through a cherry-like coffee fruit called cascara. The difference is that traditional coffee is made by harvesting the bean-shaped seed, discarding the outer part of the cherry, and putting it through a roasting process. Lotus Energy uses an extraction process on both the seed and its outer layers.
Lotus Energy gets its name from one of its most reputable ingredients, the lotus flower. Healthline.com has a great overview of the Lotus flower and the benefits involved with it. Namely, the flower has antioxidants and is associated with revitalizing properties such as increased consciousness. This makes the ingredient a great addition to this plant-based beverage.
Schisandra Berry is an ingredient commonly found in formulas used to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
Rhodiola Rosea Extract is the last noticeable ingredient in these concentrates worth mentioning and is another common stress-relieving element. It is an herb that can be found in Europe and certain regions in Asia. We found that this ingredient is also frequently found in anti-fatigue treatments, which makes it a great addition to lotus energy drinks.
From an outsider’s perspective, it’s obvious that Lotus Energy pushed for ingredients that were high in anti-oxidants. Which I suppose is not a huge shock given that this is a plant based energy drink.
Does Lotus Energy have Caffeine?
In General, Lotus Energy drinks contain 80mg of caffeine per 1oz of concentrate. This is the case with all of Lotus Energy’s concentrates that contain caffeine. Some products they produce do not contain caffeine.
All of our Lotus Energy recipes here on our site have 1.5 ounces of concentrate in a 16oz serving. Therefore, our recipes are going to have approximately 120mg of caffeine if you’re using them.
If you want a bigger caffeine boost, you can try the Lotus Power Up. This product contains 80 mg of caffeine and only 1 calorie per oz of concentrate. This is similar to adding additional shots of espresso to a traditional coffee drink.
Some Lotus products do not contain caffeine. Below is a list of Lotus Energy concentrates that do not have caffeine.
- Fruit Fusion
- Super Cream
- Old Fashioned Lemonade
Are Lotus Energy Drinks Gluten Free?
The syrup concentrates are gluten free. You can make a gluten free lotus energy drink by using the lotus concentrate bases and syrups.
Is Lotus Energy Keto friendly?
Some Lotus Energy Concentrates are Keto friendly. The regular lotus concentrates have pure cane sugar in them and are not keto friendly. A great option for those following the Keto diet is the Skinny Lotus concentrates. The Skinny concentrates contain no sugar and are Keto friendly.
If you want to make a delicious Keto friendly lotus drink, use the skinny concentrates. Add some sugar free syrups into your drink and you have a delicious keto energy drink.
Are Lotus Energy Drinks Sugar Free?
Some Lotus Energy drinks are sugar free. To create a sugar free lotus energy drink you must use the Skinny Lotus concentrates and sugar free syrups. The regular lotus energy concentrates are not sugar free and contain pure cane sugar.
If you are looking for a delicious sugar free lotus energy drink, try the delightful Lemon Peach Lotus recipe.
Are Lotus Energy drinks vegan?
Lotus Energy drink concentrates are vegan. The only exception is the Lotus Super cream which is made from dairy. The Lotus Oat Cream is made from oat milk powder and is vegan.
To make a delicious vegan lotus drink simply use your favorite lotus base, add syrups, and club soda. Use coconut milk for creamer or the Lotus Oat cream. We love to use coconut milk because it adds a delicious and creamy texture to the drink. Just shake it really well before adding it into your drink!
How many carbs are in Lotus Energy Drinks?
The number of carbs in lotus energy concentrates is between 0 – 21 grams per 6 ounces serving of finished beverage. The number of carbs depends on the type of concentrate you are consuming.
|Type of Concentrate||Serving Size (ounces)||Caffeine (mg) per oz of concentrate||Total Carbohydrates (grams) per serving||Total Carbohydrates (grams) per 16oz serving|
|Energy (Most Common)||6||80||21||56|
The table above is a display of the number of carbs found in the caffeinated concentrates. It’s also important to note that this does not include the additional amount of carbs you would get from adding flavored syrups as well.
Standard Energy concentrates (such as red, blue, white, etc.) that you will find in most coffee stands contain the most carbohydrates per serving. As far as flavored options go, the Skinny line of concentrates is going to offer the least amount of carbs and is a great option for carb-conscious consumers.
If you’re looking at the power-up and noticing that there are zero carbs please keep in mind that it is tasteless. It’s a product that should be looked at more as a product to increase the caffeine content of your beverage.
The Lotus Super Cream contains an additional 18 grams of carbs per serving. If you are watching your carb intake, consider using coconut milk for a low carb creamer option. And bonus! coconut milk doesn’t separate out in the lotus drinks.
Delicious Lotus Drinks to Try:
Lotus drinks are a delicious and great way to add caffeine into your day! Not only are they easy to whip together, the flavor combinations are endless. Our favorite is the White Lotus because it is so easy to make new drinks with.
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