DIY Homemade Gatorade Recipe (Make Your Own Energy Drink)

In addition to being ridiculously overpriced (more than $1 a bottle), commercial sports drinks also contain potentially dangerous ingredients (artificial coloring and flavoring and synthetic additives, among many other aspects) that might leave you with some serious side effects in the long run. We have fallen prey to smart advertising techniques and so-called professional medical advice and we now live with the impression that we need some Gatorade or Powerade to fulfil our sports hydration needs. Nevertheless, we are well aware that plain water sometimes won’t do the trick when actively working out; you might need an energy boost that you can obtain only from certain types of beverages. Especially if you are working with kids and energy-filled activities, you can save all the troubles of convincing them to drink water all the time by offering them a refreshing glass of homemade Gatorade, with all natural ingredients that will keep them pumped and safe at the same time.

What Makes Gatorade So Special for Sports?

The original Gatorade formula was originally designed in 1965 by a team of researchers to aid the Florida Gators athletes in performing well during their games.

The unique mixture of water, electrolytes and carbs that the first formula provided helped to replenish lost stores of such in athletes throughout sporting events. Although certain claims made by ads for the product have definitely over-hyped its ability to sustain individuals throughout intense workouts, Gatorade definitely delivers on its initial goals.

Following the concepts of oral rehydration therapy, Gatorade initially used a mixture of salt, sugar and water to achieve the right results – ensuring the flavor was enjoyable and water was retained after drinking it.

If you want to learn how to make homemade Gatorade, you have to check out our ultimate list of DIY homemade Gatorade recipes (how to make each of them), so you can make your own drink that will give you more monster energy than the branded beverage itself.

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1. Fruit & Veggie DIY Natural Energy Drink Recipe

Our first homemade Gatorade recipe is inspired by a delicious cocktail of fruits and vegetables so you can enjoy all of the nutrients in the world (or at least a super healthy dose of them). With mouth-watering ingredients like oranges, cucumbers, apples or celery involved in the recipe, it is impossible to not completely enjoy it. All you need is to take 10 minutes out of your schedule (5 for preparation and 5 for juicing) so you can benefit from potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C and more from just one single energy drink. In fact, let’s take a better look at the nutrients for each of these delightful natural ingredients:

Celery

  • Vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Iron

Romaine lettuce

  • Vitamin A (174% of your daily recommended value!)
  • Potassium
  • Dietary fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium

Apple

  • Potassium
  • Dietary fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Magnesium

Orange

  • Vitamin C (88% of your daily recommended value in just 100 grams!)
  • Potassium
  • Dietary fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Magnesium

Cucumber

  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Dietary fiber

(Nutrition facts for watermelon are included in the next homemade Gatorade recipe on our list.)

Talk about a powerhouse of nutrients!

Get your juicer ready and gather these ingredients:

  • Celery – 2 stalks
  • Romaine lettuce (chopped) – 2 cups
  • Watermelon (chopped) – 1 cup
  • Apple – 1
  • Orange (peeled) – 1
  • Cucumber – ½

Make sure that you wash all of the ingredients thoroughly before juicing them. Enjoy this natural homemade Gatorade cooled when you need energy the most.

2. Watermelon & Coconut Exercise Beverage Recipe

Just by hearing the contents of this amazing homemade Gatorade recipe you will instantly want a fresh pitcher of your own. The heavenly scents of watermelon and coconut combined are enough to leave you drooling, but when you find out what amazing nutrients they have you will want this sports drink even more. First of all, let’s take a look at what healthy goodies you will be getting from each of the two main ingredients:

Watermelon

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Dietary fiber

Coconut

  • Dietary fiber
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Protein
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium

Isn’t that wonderful? Now prepare these simple ingredients and get to blending:

  • Watermelon (cubed) – 1 cup
  • Coconut water (pure, not from concentrate) – 1 cup
  • Lime (squeezed) – 1
  • Salt – just a pinch (optional)

Blend all of these ingredients together and drink right after, because the contents will separate if left alone.

3. Cranberry Healthy Homemade Gatorade Drink

This homemade Gatorade recipe combines two scrumptious main ingredients that you probably never thought could work so well together before: cranberry and maple syrup. This mixed content will help you get your dose of electrolytes to keep you working during your exercise sessions. Cranberries are an amazing source of Vitamin C (22% of your daily recommended value in 100 grams) and dietary fiber (18% DV), while the entire drink will offer you 30 g of carbs per serving.

Get these ingredients:

  • Water – 5 cups
  • Cranberry juice (100% pure, unsweetened) – 3 cups
  • Maple syrup – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon

Mix all of the contents well and enjoy your very own homemade Gatorade drink. You can also add one star anise optionally; if you choose to do so, let it infuse for about an hour and strain it afterwards.

4. Multi-Citrus Homemade Organic Sports Drink Recipe

Our next recommended homemade Gatorade recipe is a tasty mix of citruses rich in nutrients. Based on lime, lemon and oranges, this tangy organic sports drink will provide you with the energy you require to benefit from a super hero workout session. Let’s take a look at exactly how many nutrients you will be benefitting from when drinking this:

Lemon

  • Vitamin C (88% of the daily value recommended, in 100 grams)
  • Dietary fiber
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Protein
  • Potassium

Lime

  • Vitamin C
  • Dietary fiber
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium

You can look into the nutritional stats of oranges in the Fruit & Veggie DIY Natural Energy Drink Recipe at the top of this list.

Here are the amounts of each ingredient that you will need for the Multi-Citrus Homemade Organic Sports Drink Recipe:

  • Lime juice (freshly squeezed) – ¼ cup
  • Lemon juice (freshly squeezed) – ¼ cup
  • Orange juice (freshly squeezed) – ¼ cup
  • Water – 1 ½ to 2 cups
  • Honey – 2 tablespoons
  • Sea salt – 1/8 teaspoon

Use a blender to process the ingredients and drink chilled.

5. Herbal Gatorade Alternative Recipe

Instead of drinking a plain ol’ glass of iced tea, you can add a few other ingredients that will boost your energy for working out. This homemade Gatorade recipe will be done in a matter of minutes and all you need to get is:

  • Herbal tea of your choice – 4 cups
  • Honey (raw, local, organic) – anywhere from 2 to 4 tablespoons, depending on how sweet you want it to be
  • Celtic sea salt – ¼ teaspoon

Mix all of the ingredients together and enjoy!

6. Strawberry Infusion Natural Homemade Gatorade Recipe

Even though this homemade energy drink requires leaving it overnight for preparing, the amazing taste and great amount of nutrients makes it worth the wait. Just realize that a mere 100 grams of strawberries provides your body with 97% of the daily intake of Vitamin C that it requires, together with small boosts of dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium and protein.

What you will need:

  • Strawberries (sliced) – ½ container (you can use any other berries if you cannot find strawberries)
  • Orange juice (all natural) – ½ cup
  • Lemon juice – 1 squeezed
  • Hot water – 3 cups
  • Honey – 2 teaspoons
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon

What you have to do:

  1. Take all of the ingredients and mix them together.
  2. Leave them in your refrigerator to cool over the night.
  3. Optionally take the strawberries out at the end.
  4. Enjoy during challenging workouts.

7. Tart Cherry DIY Energy Sports Drink

If you did not already know, sour or tart cherries are a surprising source of Vitamin A (40% of the daily value you should consume) and Vitamin C (26% DV), which also contain 10% daily recommended amount of dietary fiber, 3% iron and 2% calcium (all amounts based on a 155 gram serving). Side of Sneakers shares a super yummy recipe with us that is adaptable, according to your preferences and available ingredients. See below what you have to get for this homemade Gatorade recipe:

  • Liquid – you can choose from water, herbal tea, coconut water or any other healthy liquid of your choice – 4 cups
  • Lime juice (preferably freshly squeezed) – ¼ cup
  • Tart cherry juice – ½ cup
  • Sea salt – ¼ teaspoon
  • Ginger root (freshly grated) – ¼ teaspoon
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon

Combine all of the ingredients into a container and store the result in the refrigerator. The source of this recipe encourages you to consume this drink any time during the day, both before or after your exercise sessions and even while you are carrying your routine out. Furthermore, they also recommended that you consume it two times a day so you can benefit from the health properties of tart cherries.

Which one of these homemade Gatorade recipes did you like making and drinking the most? Which one do you think provided you with the most energy? Let our team know below and even recommend your own DIY recipe if you haven’t found yours on this list!

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Clara Sherwood

Clara Sherwood

Clara was born and grew up in Great Britain, and although she’s now happier with the weather in North Carolina where she resides with her partner, she does miss the ubiquitous teacakes. She graduated from a master’s in literature and worked for about 5 years at local news magazines as a reporter.

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