Homemade Sports Drink Recipe

While experts agree that water is the best choice before, during, and after physical activity, there are times when you might benefit from a sports drink. [1, 2] For those times, you can save a considerable amount of money by making your own homemade version. You may even feel better about what you and your family members are drinking!

Makes 4 servings


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 ½ cups cold water


  • In the bottom of the pitcher, dissolve the sugar, salt, and hot water.
  • Add the remaining juices and add water.
  • Chill in the refrigerator before your next sporting event or physical activity!


homemade sports drink nutrition facts label

[1] Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics

[2] Harvard School of Public Health