The Most Caffeinated Soft Drinks
We’ve searched through our caffeine database, and filtered out the most caffeinated sodas. In this list, we’ve left out caffeinated sparkling water drinks (yes there is such a category), and also a bunch of high-caffeinated German-made colas.
This list is what is available on the US carbonated soft drink market (see which ones are the most popular).
Note that the list is ordered by caffeine concentration (rather than the overall amount caffeine amount).
When is a Soda an Energy Drink?
It’s complicated. There is a definition of an energy drink – something we really delved into here (for all 3 people who are actually interested).
An energy drink is:
However sodas are essentially sugar (or substitute), flavorings, and (sometimes) caffeine.
What is Bawls Guarana?
On the label Bawls says “Original Soda”, the drink’s marketing information calls Bawls an ‘Ultra-caffeinated Soda’. The smaller bottle – 10 fl oz – contains 64 mg of caffeine, making it almost as concentrated as an energy drink, but Bawls lacks the other ingredients (such as B vitamins) that make it an ‘energy drink’.
Is Mountain Dew Kickstart an Energy Drink?
Mtn Dew Kickstart is called an ‘energizing soda’ by manufacturers Pepsico, and in the press made it clear that Kickstart is NOT an energy drink.
It’s all about marketing… and the B vitamins. Don’t forget the B vitamins.