I guess it’s been a hot summer, because it seems I’m always thirsty. I’m noticing it more than usual because I keep sharing recipes for cold beverages. Last time it was Vanilla-Mocha Iced Coffee and today it’s Homemade Sports Drink.
Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers shared her version of Homemade Gatorade and it seemed like a great idea to me. My daughter can run 5 – 7 miles per day during cross country season, so sports drinks are necessary to keep her hydrated and healthy. But whew, are they expensive! And if you’ve ever read the labels then you know there are some yucky ingredients in the commercial sports drink brands. So a homemade version that contains ingredients I can actually pronounce sounded wonderful.
The recipe, unlike some others on the internet, calls for juice rather than drink mix. 100% juice seems more real-foodie and like a much better choice. So far, so good. Except the only juice I had in the house was good old OJ. But did you know that orange was one of the original flavors of sports drink? Yay! I pulled out one of my half-gallon Ball canning jars and got to mixing.
The verdict when I served it to my family was, um, underwhelming. My husband said the flavor was weak. My teenagers said they could taste too much honey and that it reminded them of cough drops and something they’d drink when they were sick.
Not the desired response.
So the whole family pitched in with suggestions. One said ditch the honey (So much for whole, natural foods.) and use sugar. Another said to add lemon juice for a little “bite” like the original flavors. And so on. We worked together to tweak and everybody taste-tested.
Then we hit a formula that worked! It had “bite” for my husband and didn’t taste like cough drops. My son even said he’d drink it daily in place of other favorite beverages. I think we’ve got something, here!
So here is my family-approved version of homemade sports drink. I still plan to test it with other flavors of juice, but it’s great to know that I have a recipe that works for us with ingredients that I keep on hand.
Homemade Sports Drink
- 1 cup pulp-free 100% orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups cold water
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Put all of the ingredients in a half-gallon jar and mix thoroughly. Chill before serving.
Please comment with your feedback and provide a link if you tweaked the recipe for your family.
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