- Cytomax (1 1/2 scoops to 1 liter)
- GJ (5-6oz to 1 liter)
- pomegranate molasses (4 tbsp to 1 liter)
- Perpetuem (if I skipped breftist)
If you really want to have fun with this:
3 oz Picpoul de Pinet to 1 liter water.
And, when I stop at Sleven or some other dep:
Canada Dry sodium-free club soda (potassium citrate, really small bubbles that don't shake up much). Works better than Gerolsteiner.
Adding salt to plain water is ok. Adding salt to straight-sugared water is ok.
The problem is that most flavorants tend to be weakly acidic so if you add salt to water with juice in it you get a blast of chlorine or acetic acid (or whatever your salt is). Short of finding sodium citrate or potassium citrate you're stuck with whatever non-acidic flavorants work with straight table salt. What I've found passable so far:
Iced tea sort of works but gets really grungy in the bottle and kinda pukey at the end of a day in the saddle. Works best with citrates, ok with table salt, foul with acetates.
Rose water syrup (the _pink_ MiddleEastern stuff, _not_ the clear one) works with salt and is much easier to drink on a hot day than you'd think, but you have to get used to flavor that is more aroma than flavor (drinking perfume). Works with both table salt and potassium bicarb.
IKEA sell an elderflower extract that works with table salt, a little easier to drink than rose water for most, same problems.
Orange bitters work with low levels of table salt.
BTW and IMO, now that fresh tomatoes are everywhere, nothing beats buying one or two at a roadside stand 4 hours into the ride and just biting into 'em like apples, sucking the juice out before it gets to your chin, chewing and swallowing the pulp as you shift the bike back up to speed.
Edited by comprex - 7/15/2009 at 02:36 pm GMT