I like Recoverite, have been using it for about a year. Tastes great and no junk added. Expensive, but should last you a couple months if you use it for every workout on a MV plan. So $60 for 2 months or $2 per day. Hey, for only $2 a day you can have proper recovery as well, lol.
There are so many good choices out there. Just look for that ratio, preferably 4:1. I try to avoid brands that include a lot of additives, fillers, and antioxidants. A simple formula that I like is to add plain whey protein (I’ve tried both plain Tera’s whey and Bobs Red Mill) to lemon-lime drink mix. You have to do a little math to figure out the correct ratios. Mine usually ended up being about 40g CHO / 10g PRO, which translates to roughly 200 kcal. The lemon lime and plain whey mix tastes like key lime pie. You could try any number of variations on this (orange creamsicle?), but it’s nice and easy and you can water it down to make it less sweet. Plus, you replenish some electrolytes at the same time.
Does the 4:1 ratio depend on how much carbs you ingested during the ride? If you did an 1 1/2 ride and had a gel ahead of time and say ~100g of carbs during or 50g or 150g does that at all affect the ratio?
The guy who created it really keeps it pretty scientific and specific on scoops and amount to use mixed with water. Last time I purchased they had chocolate and vanilla. The flavor isn’t too intense, which I like. Sometimes I’ll add it to milk and pour some cereal on it
I don’t use it often if I can avoid it, if time allows I prefer a glass a milk and a light snack breakfast, but I really like Skratch. I workout somewhat early and after a hard workout I drink it quick before showering and getting ready for work. It does make me feel much better and doesn’t fill me up before a decent breakfast.
After decades of not riding a bike, my first adventure was about 7 years ago with a friend of about 60 miles with some good hills. Knowing I was going to be quite sore the next day, my friend gave me some Endurox R4 for recovery. The next day I didn’t have any muscle soreness or fatigue whatsoever. So I used Endurox from then on. Last year I ran out of R4 and mixed up some milk with Hershey’s chocolate syrup as a substitute. And the recovery results were the same as with the R4 from what I can tell. Now I’m not a racer but do a couple centuries a year. I’m also in my upper 60s in age and a consistent trainer road user, low volume plan. The milk and chocolate syrup mix works pretty well for me.