DIY Electrolyte Drink

If you have seen Idiocracy, you know that we have become a little fixated on the consumption of sports drinks and the importance of electrolytes. While these beverages might be widely consumed and quite popular, the reality is that they are not healthful at all. If you begin to analyze the bright packaging, psychedelic hues and list of artificial ingredients and dyes, it becomes clear sports drinks are NOT natural and are NOT even close to organic. In fact, most of these drinks are made with dietary toxins that are banned in other countries. Yikes!

Unfortunately, my father has cardiac issues that require him to be extraordinarily mindful of his potassium, sodium and electrolyte intake. The easiest way for him to take care of this is to consume sports drinks. A girl simply cannot allow her father to be drinking toxins like they are going out of style, so with a little bit of research, we got together and spent a morning playing chemists. The end result was an organic and delicious “sports” beverage that can be made in less than 5 minutes.

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Electrolyte Drink Recipe


  • 20 ounces of water
  • 2 teaspoons honey (more or less, depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt or three twists from a sea salt mill (NOT iodized salt!)
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon, lime, or orange juice (a combination is also delicious!)


  1. Put all ingredients in the large Baby Bullet attachment, blend for 20-30 seconds and enjoy!

You can store your drink in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

* While you can certainly use all kinds of fruits and vegetables, we stuck with citrus because that was what we had available and because citrus fruits have a high concentration of potassium. I also juiced a watermelon and cucumber for one recipe and that was just delightful! If you don’t have a juicer, just puree fruit in the bullet and strain it through muslin or cheesecloth to remove the pulp. 

An added benefit of this recipe is that it can also be used when the kids have stomach upset or a fever. You won’t need to spend a fortune on Pedialyte, which also contains artificial ingredients. In fact, freeze an ice cube tray of your home brew and keep some electrolyte ice cubes on hand for when a bug hits! Now that you have control over the ingredients, calories and sugar content, any time you are feeling listless, under the weather, or anticipate being out in the heat and exercising rigorously, you can confidently and easily blend a glass of this electrolyte drink! Cheers!



About Becky Jha

Born and raised in rural Connecticut , Becky DeMattia-Jha attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and has her M.Ed. She has been teaching high school English for 15 years and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, their two children, and their German Shepherd. She spends her precious summer vacations indulging in passions other than literature: serving as a lactation peer coach, practicing herbal medicine, organic gardening, making natural cleansers and cosmetics, and preparing quick and easy organic recipes for her family. She hopes to share her efficient, chemical-free, eco-conscious, frugal, and simplistic homemaking and homesteading tips with you.


  1. Christina Strapp says:

    I like this, and will have to try it. I like that it is all natural and sounds like it is tasty.

  2. RICHARD HICKS says:

    Will be making this. Electrolytes are so important at any stage in life!

  3. This sounds awesome! I like to drink lemon tea with honey when I’m sick but I never thought to add salt.

  4. I wasn’t aware that an electrolyte healthy drink could help children to reduce the symptoms of a stomach ache. I would have never guessed that to be true.

  5. Wow. I have got to try this. The baby bullet system would be perfect for this. Plus this would be perfect for when kids get sick instead of drinking those sports drinks with electrolytes in them. Such a great recipe.

  6. This is an amazing idea! This is why I want a baby bullet, so many uses not only for baby but the whole family as well.

  7. Heather R says:

    this sounds not only more natural, but also far tastier!

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