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How To Make a Homemade Sports Drink


Forget the artificial brand sports drinks, you can make your own homemade sports drink  with just simple five ingredients.

Three weeks from today we’ll be on a plane headed to Vegas. Not to live it up on the strip though but rather, to spend a week hopping between national parks with my brother and sister in law. They basically convinced me to take a week off to exercise. So far we have hiking, hiking, hiking, maybe some white water rafting, hiking, hiking and oh, did I mention hiking planned. In June. I’ve been to Arizona in August, I’m hoping the heat won’t be as ridiculous as that was but I’m planning on hot, sweaty and tired being the motto for this trip.

When it comes to sports drinks, I used to be a non-believer. Ice water was the only thing you’d find in my thermos every day on the soccer field (or maybe it was just that my parents never bought Gatorade for us) but after a few dizzy dehydration spells during summer workouts in the past few years, I’m a convert.

I’ve bought my fair share of Gatorade, but 1. it’s so much cheaper to make your own and 2. why ingest the artificial stuff when you don’t have to?

On this trip I know two things: it’s going to be hot and I’m going to want a cold sports drink to keep up with the million miles my brother and sister in law have planned to cover on foot.

The sports drink part is simple: 5 ingredients, 1 of which is optional and 1 of which is water. My plan is to bring salt and calcium magnesium powder with me and hit up a grocery store once we land for a bottle of juice. I can make my own drink each morning in the hotel.

How to make a homemade sports drink with five simple ingredients

The cold part is where this Zojirushi vacuum bottle. It keeps liquids cold or hot for several hours at a time and is perfect for something like hiking where you’re going to be outside the whole day. I took it for a test run at home since I have water with me at all times during the day and was seriously impressed when at 3pm, my water from the morning was still cold. I’m thinking we’re going to be bff in a few weeks.

Easy homemade sports drink

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How to Make a Homemade Sports Drink

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Forget the artificial brand sports drinks, you can make your own homemade sports drink with just simple five ingredients.


  • 4 cups water/coconut water (I like to use a mix of both)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder
  • 1/2 cup juice (any will do as long as it's 100% juice, I like fresh orange juice the best)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher with ice and stir until the salt is dissolved.
  2. Keep chilled.


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Thursday 18th of April 2019

I do skateboarding for a long time. I always feel thirsty after skateboarding. Thanks for giving me a mind-blowing idea of that homemade sports drink. Many many thanks.

R C Beck III

Saturday 1st of August 2015

Try this. It's 1/10 the cost of a commercial sports drinkaid:

Dump two packages of powdered Flavor-Mix-aid into a gallon jug with a lid, and rinse out the packages into the jug. Pour in 1 cup sugar (plus or minus amount, suit to taste) ¼ tsp table salt, ¼ tsp Morton’s Lite salt (potassium), ¼ tsp Epson Salt.(magnesium), 2 cups very warm water., Shake it well! Then add cold water

Pam Rudloff

Thursday 25th of June 2015

What do you use for calcium magnesium powder? Having a hard time finding it in stores here.

Running to the Kitchen

Thursday 25th of June 2015

There's a link to the powder that I use in the recipe section of the post. It's Natural Calm brand.

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