Can you Mix Vodka and Gatorade? (Quick Answer)

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Vodka is a popular distilled alcohol with origins in Eastern Europe. Gatorade is a sports drink with electrolytes with origins in Floridian college football. Can these two beverages mix in a palatable way? Read on to learn about if you can mix vodka and Gatorade.

Vodka vs Gatorade comparison

Vodka is a clear distilled alcoholic liquor made from potatoes or cereal grains. While this drink can be plain, it also comes in many flavors, including fruits and baked goods. This beverage is usually 40% alcohol by volume.

You can drink vodka chilled and neat or on the rocks. It is also a popular alcohol for many cocktails, such as the screwdriver, greyhound, white Russian, Moscow mule, Cosmopolitan, vodka martini, and bloody mary. 

Vodka has no sugar, carbohydrates, fat, sodium, vitamins, fiber, or cholesterol. A 1.5-ounce of 70-proof vodka has around 85 calories and the same amount of 100-proof vodka has 124 calories.

Gatorade is a brand of sports beverage manufactured by PepsiCo. It originated in the 1960s intending to help student-athletes replenish electrolytes. While this drink is not a common addition to alcoholic beverages, some people do love mixing it with their favorite alcohol.     

There are several products from Gatorade including low-calorie options, protein options, and a pre-game gel. These drinks come in many flavors, including grape, orange, strawberry lemonade, apple, berry, melon, cherry, lime cucumber, fruit punch, and lemon-lime.

In a 600-milliliter Gatorade bottle, you can find 48 calories, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 36 grams of sugar, 306 milligrams of sodium, and 135 milligrams of potassium.

How to mix vodka and Gatorade

Some people worry that mixing an electrolyte-rich beverage with alcohol will negate the intoxicating effects of the alcohol.

Though the electrolytes in vodka can help you stay hydrated as long as you also drink water, it does not affect the effects of alcohol. You can still get pleasantly tipsy from the vodka while getting a hydration boost from the electrolytes in the Gatorade.

Vodka and Gatorade mix quite easily since they both have a low viscosity. Gatorade has a fairly light flavor, while vodka is virtually flavorless unless you choose a flavored variety. If you are just mixing Gatorade and vodka, try a 50/50 mixture. If you prefer more or less alcohol, you can adjust the recipe accordingly.  

You can combine them by stirring or shaking them. These ingredients can also do well together or with the addition of other ingredients. Beyond the two core liquids, a Gatorade and vodka cocktail can include simple syrup, fresh fruit, other fruit juice, fruit syrups, and other liquors.

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What are some Gatorade and vodka cocktails?

Gator Cocktail

Choose your favorite Gatorade to use in this cocktail. Traditionally, the favorite option is orange Gatorade. This cocktail is a simple way of enjoying vodka and Gatorade together with a bit of added flair. 

Combine three-quarters of an ounce of lemon juice, one and a half ounces of Gatorade with one and a half ounces of Floridian vodka, and an ounce of vanilla simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the drink for half a minute and pour the cocktail over fresh ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Electric Gatorade

Electric Gatorade is a play on the popular Electric lemonade cocktail. Combine an ounce of vodka with an ounce of blue curacao, an ounce of lemonade, an ounce of Gatorade, and a squeeze of lime juice in a shaker with ice.

Shake the mixture for half a minute before pouring it over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Top the drink with club soda and garnish with slices of lemon and lime.

Purple Gatorade cocktail

To make a purple Gatorade cocktail, combine an ounce of vodka, four ounces of purple Gatorade, some grenadine, and an ounce of blue curacao. This cocktail is bright and fruity with a dash of grape flavor.

The Purple Gatorade cocktail has some of the same ingredients as the Grape Gatorade shot. However, that shot ironically contains no Gatorade and has blue curacao, vodka, and grenadine.

How much Gatorade and vodka mixture will get you drunk?

The amount of vodka and Gatorade it takes to get you drunk will vary depending on several factors. Body size, sex, stomach content, hydration level, and use of drugs besides alcohol. In general, women, those with smaller bodies, those with emptier stomachs, and dehydrated people can get drunker faster.

It takes the average person two to three one-and-a-half-ounce shots to feel tipsy, four to five to feel drunk, and six to seven shots to feel very drunk. If you have a 50/50 mixture of vodka and Gatorade, it may take four to five three-ounce drinks to get drunk. 

Some people will feel drunk after more or fewer shots. So, always check in with yourself and drink responsibly. Drinking plenty of water along with Gatorade will help to keep you hydrated and reduce the severity of any hangover.    

The safest (best) energy drink to mix with vodka

Keep in mind that energy drinks can mask the effects of alcohol. As a result, you may not think you are as drunk as you are if you drink an energy drink with alcohol. In some cases, mixing these two beverages can contribute to health issues, including heart failure.

There is some health risk associated with any energy drink with alcohol. However, some energy drinks suit vodka more than others. Red Bull is one of the most popular energy drinks you can mix with vodka.

Gatorade introduced an energy drink to its line-up in February of 2023. The drink, called Fast Twitch, will have twice as much caffeine as a 12-ounce can of Red Bull. Beyond beverages, the company also has energy gels and supplements.

Final Thoughts

Vodka and Gatorade can make a very delicious and simple drink that can come in many flavors. You can also supplement this simple drink with other ingredients to create other innovative cocktails. While alcohols like vodka can dehydrate you, Gatorade provides hydration support thanks to its electrolytes. 

DIY cocktails may make your friends or guests more excited, so remember to label them when you invent a new alcoholic beverage. Logo Stickers allows you to customize your exclusive cocktail labels, stickers and more to make them look more unique and popular.

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Abbey Miller
Abbey Miller
Abbey grew up in a family with an appreciation for great beers, fine wines, and nuanced Scotch whiskeys. It's no surprise that she studied Hospitality Management and is now a professional working on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
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