Make Your Own Sports Drink On The Cheap

Make Your Own Sports Drink On The Cheap

Yesterday we showed you how to make your own tonic water, but if you’re more of an active type, why not make your own sports drink as well? The New York Times has a simple recipe that shows you how.

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The Times’ Well blog dedicated a post to determining whether sports drinks are good for kids (answer: it depends). The article ends with the following recipe. To make yours, you’ll need the following ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 1/2 cups cold water

As for the preparation, dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water, then add in the remaining ingredients and cold water. According to the NYT, “the drink contains about 50 calories and 110 mg of sodium per 8 ounces, approximately the same as for most sports drinks.”

Phys Ed: Are Sports Drinks Actually Good for Kids? [Well Blog via Consumerist]


  • I had an interesting drink at a Vietnamese eatery recently: salted lemon drink. Basically, get a salted lemon or lime (you can get them in jars at asian grocers or delis that have morrocan food, or make the yourself), cut it in half, put half (or the whole thing depending on size) in a glass with some sugar (or honey). Add some hot water to dissolve the sugar, then hot water for a warming drink, or ice and soda or still cold water for a cold refreshing drink. Tastes remarkably similar to gatorade (depending on the sugar/salt levels you use). Seems the Vietnamese (and no doubt others) had the secret of the energy drink long before the Americans.

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