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This homemade electrolyte drink will keep you cool and hydrated… kind of like an upgraded version of sugar free lemonade! While often considered a sports drink, it’s great for other reasons, too! Need a hydration boost? Drink electrolytes! Want a healthy drink besides water? DIY electrolyte drink! Working up a sweat and need to replenish fluids? Natural electrolyte drink to the rescue! Just don’t go overboard with it — and check with a registered dietitian or doctor if you’re not sure what’s right for you.
Why You’ll Love This Homemade Electrolyte Drink
- Slightly sweet, tart, and refreshing taste
- Just a handful of simple, natural ingredients
- Just 8 calories and 1.5 grams of sugar per serving
- Whip it up in 5 minutes!
- Includes sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and chloride
- Fresher and tastier than Gatorade or other store-bought options
- Perfect workout drink, especially for athletes
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for making an electrolytes drink, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice tastes best, but you can use bottled for convenience, or even lime juice if you prefer.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – A great natural source of electrolytes! It also adds a tangy kick to the electrolyte beverage.
- Sea Salt – Provides sodium.
- Potassium Chloride – This is a natural electrolyte supplement, usually labeled as a sodium-free salt replacement like this.
- Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend – Let’s be real, a blend of lemon juice and ACV is going to taste pretty sour on its own! While many drinks like this have added sugar, I chose Besti to sweeten this homemade electrolyte drink. This natural sweetener has zero calories, is gentle on blood sugar, and unlike artificial sweeteners, it has no aftertaste. It’s also perfect for mixing into drinks (both hot and cold), because it dissolves effortlessly! You could use my zero sugar simple syrup instead, but I don’t recommend most other sugar substitutes because most don’t dissolve properly.
VARIATION: Add magnesium, with caution.
As written, this DIY electrolyte drink includes sodium and potassium as the primary electrolytes, though the ACV does add some magnesium as well. If you need extra magnesium (to help with muscle cramps or sleep), add a dash of magnesium glycinate powder (this is a good kind for effective absorption). Be careful though, because too much magnesium can have side effects, such as diarrhea or vomiting. [Source]
How To Make A Homemade Electrolyte Drink
This section shows how to make your own DIY electrolyte drink, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
Making this drink is so easy! Simply combine all the ingredients together in a mason jar. Close the lid and shake, until the sweetener dissolves. Add more sweetener to taste if you like.
You can serve this homemade electrolyte drink as is, or pour over ice. So refreshing!
This recipe has a lemony flavor, but you can easily adjust it! Here are some ideas:
- Minty Watermelon – Add a handful of fresh mint leaves to the homemade electrolyte drink and swap the tap water for watermelon juice.
- Citrus – Swap the lemon juice for a mix of citrus or fruit juices, such as orange, grapefruit, and lime, for a tangy and zesty blend.
- Berry Blast – Add 1/4 cup of mixed berry puree (blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries). This one is my favorite!
- Coconut – If you don’t mind a little natural sugar, replace the water with coconut water. (Be sure it has no sugar added!) This will add calcium and magnesium, but not a huge amount.
- What are electrolytes? Electrolytes are essential minerals that conduct electricity when dissolved in water, including sodium, potassium, chlorida, and potassium, among others. Correct electrolyte levels help with fluid balance, make sure the body’s PH levels are right, move nutrients and waste in and out of cells, and make sure that nerves, muscles, heart, brain, and bodily functions work the way they should [Source].
- What drinks have electrolytes? Coconut water is one of the best natural electrolyte drinks. Fruit juices, cow’s milk, and store-bought sports drinks also contain electrolytes, but have high amounts of sugar, so are not ideal sources for that reason. A homemade electrolyte drink without added sugar is a great alternative!
- Can I drink electrolyte water every day? It’s okay to have one electrolyte drink every day, especially if you are active or on a keto diet (to avoid keto flu), but more than that is not recommended. Ideal electrolyte levels are a balance, so just as you don’t want them too low, you don’t want them too high either. [Source]
You can make this natural electrolyte drink ahead and store in mason jars (I like these) in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. Stir or shake before serving over ice.
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Homeamde Electrolyte Drink
Stay hydrated with this naturally sweetened, homemade electrolyte drink! It's refreshing, hydrating, and takes just 5 minutes to make.
Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Combine all ingredients (except ice) together in a mason jar. Close the lid and shake, until the sweetener dissolves.
Adjust sweetener to taste, if desired.
Enjoy as-is, or pour over ice.
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