Homemade Sports Drink

Are you a big Sports Drink fan?  You can make an inexpensive rehydration drink at home.  Buying Gatorade and Powerade can really add up.  Here’s a recipe for a sports drink rehydration substitute that is super cheap and you know what you’re putting into your body.

Here’s the recipe for a 2 quart packet:

  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Morton Salt Substitute
  1. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Save in small packets.
  3. Add to 2 quarts water.


Measure all ingredients precisely. Small variations can make the drink less effective or even harmful. Don’t overload on this stuff. This recipe makes enough powder for 2 quarts of water, make sure you dilute it properly, too much and you will feel ill. If anything, on a hot day, mix this at 50% strength, (1 Homemade Sports Drink recipe + 4 quarts of water) so you’re drinking more water. If you’re drinking a lot of water, you can over load. You need the salts in your system to process the water properly. Stay hydrated–but keep a little salt in your system, too!

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.

One Comment

  1. Hey John, I don’t know why but all I see on the ingredients list is measurements like 4 Tablespoons or 1 teaspoon. I don’t see any actual ingredients such as sugar or salt or ? My son works on a ranch all summer in the Roswell NM heat and he goes thru a lot of gatorade. But I know he would rather drink a home made version if he could. Thanks.

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