Now that the weather has warmed up, my boys are CONSTANTLY outside playing basketball, or at the rec center playing basketball, or at a friends playing basketball….you get the idea. They are ALWAYS SWEATY and ALWAYS THIRSTY! I try to steer them away from the sugary drinks, but without a good alternative they are like homing pigeons…always zeroing in on the SWEET drinks.
Of course H2O is always a good alternative in MY mind…but for some reason they aren’t quite as enthusiastic about it. Occasionally I will stock up on “sports drinks” because I know they will drink them and at least they contain a LOT less sugar than soda or kool-aid. But holy cow! Those things are expensive! At least a dollar a bottle. If you can find a really good sale, sometimes you can get them for 50 or 60 cents. It didn’t take me TOO long to realize I could probably do better than that. ;-)
So, this weekend I have been in the kitchen laboratory mixing up different homemade sports drinks recipes I found online. This post turned out to be a LOT more time-consuming than I ever imagined! But I persevered because I care! ;-)
The first two concoctions were FAILS as far as No. 2 son and myself were concerned. The first one was TOO salty! The second one tasted like nothing. VERY blah/bland/unappealing.
Luckily the third time was the charm though! After reading about several different recipes all very similar to the one posted below, I figured I was on to something. The thing I really like about this one is that you can whip up a single 32 oz bottle super quick…OR…make a bigger batch to keep in the fridge.
But even though the method appealed to me…it was all about the taste for No. 2 son. And on THAT, it got a big thumbs up. As a matter of fact, after I asked him to “taste test” it for me…he proceeded to chug the whole bottle down. :-) I guess we nailed it!
So before you stop by the store for a Gatorade on the way to the game (like I’ve done a trillion times!), try making your own! It’s easy, fast, and a lot healthier.
Homemade Sports Drink
adapted from Daily Garnish
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
This recipe makes ONE QUART of sports drink (most Gatorade bottles are one quart, so they are perfect to refill with this. Since my bottles are roughly 16 ounces each…this recipe filled two of them.)
This is the method I used:
Add 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt (kosher or sea salt) to 1/2 cup HOT water. Stir until completely dissolved. Add 1/2 cup orange juice and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice to the sugar/salt water.
Add a few ice cubes to each bottle, pour half of juice mixture into each bottle, then fill the rest of the way with cold water. Give the bottles a shake to allow the ice cubes to cool down the warm water.
And here’s No. 2 son reaching for another bottle out of the fridge. Now THAT’S what I like to see!! :-)
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Add ¼ cup sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt (kosher or sea salt) to ½ cup HOT water.
- Stir until completely dissolved.
- Add ½ cup orange juice and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice to the sugar/salt water.
- Add a few ice cubes to each bottle, pour half of juice mixture into each bottle, then fill the rest of the way with cold water.
- Give the bottles a shake to allow the ice cubes to cool down the warm water.