The Ultimate DIY Electrolyte Drink

Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Ah, Gatorade. Once a hydrating sports drink you’d enjoy during soccer practice, it has since found duel purpose in drunken adulthood as a reliable hangover aid. But not without a downside: hues of electric yellow, red and blue created with artificial ingredients, and a flavor that is far from natural. Because we think chemicals are the last thing one should be ingesting when their body is dehydrated, we decided to create our own sports drink recipe that will rehydrate and replenish electrolytes without the use of unpronounceable ingredients or technicolor pigments.

Rehydrating with water works perfectly fine, but the process is more effective if you add vitamins, minerals and a little fructose to keep blood sugar levels from dipping. We turned to ingredients like potassium-rich coconut water, orange juice for a dose of immune-boosting vitamin C, and salt to aid the body with absorption. A pinch of ginger helps calm an upset stomach, and a touch of agave makes the whole thing go down in a cinch (which you can eliminate if you prefer the drink without added sugar). Simply toss all of these fresh and simple ingredients into a blender, strain, and voila—you have a DIY electrolyte drink that is au naturel.

The Ultimate DIY Electrolyte Drink

FLAVOR PROFILE
Sweet, Sour
DIFFICULTY
easy

INGREDIENTS

  • .5 Cup Orange juice
  • .25 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 2.5 cups coconut water
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 Ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

Step one

Add all ingredients to a blender. Pulse until smooth.

Step two

Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pulp. Serve.

Contributed by Supercall