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Do-it-yourself energy drink (homemade Gatorade)

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This energy drink recipe should come in handy as we all exercise to get ready for the holidays:

We all work out, we all need re-hydration, we all buy Gatorade… wait, stop. EnerT, this simple do it yourself tea-based energy drink, may be a better (and cheaper) option.

An energy drink needs sugar (of some form), electrolytes (mostly sodium and potassium) to accelerate absorption, and may contain other ingredients. I opted for tea as caffeine has a beneficial workout benefit, and tea provides a low-level caffeine, striking my personally preferred balanced between ‘waking’ and ‘wired’. Any level of sugars under 8% is acceptable, but I find Gatorade to be overly caloric for those of us trying to balance increased workout performance with weight loss/maintenance.

EnerT Ingredients (32 oz or about 1 liter)

2 Tea Bags
6 level teaspoons sugar (24 grams)
A pinch of salt (0.5 grams)
2 oz lemon juice (about 55 grams)
30 oz boiling water

100 calories
500 mg Sodium
60mg of Potassium (from the lemon juice)
Caffeine varies, est 100mg-200mg caffeine (depending on the tea used and infusion duration)

Estimated Cost: 17¢/qt
Lemon juice: 10¢
2 Tea Bags: 6¢
Sugar, Salt, water, etc: 1¢

Compare to Gatorade @ $1.29/qt
200 calories
440mg Sodium
120mg Potassium
No caffeine

I use a lower potassium level as research indicates that potassium loss is secondary to sodium loss in hydration. You can add more lemon juice in, up to 4oz — if flavor allows. On the other hand, removing the lemon juice will still yield a good energy drink, but will reduce price by 66%

Written by LeisureGuy

8 November 2006 at 10:19 am

19 Responses

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  1. 60mg of Potassium (from the lemon juice)
    Caffeine varies, est 100mg-200mg caffeine (depending on the tea used and infusion duration)

    It’s Diffusion, thats when the molecule in the teabag disperse. Infusion is the other way around.

    A Smart Guy

    12 March 2008 at 2:42 pm

  2. Infuse:
    3. to steep or soak (leaves, bark, roots, etc.) in a liquid so as to extract the soluble properties or ingredients.

    3. a liquid extract, as tea, prepared by steeping or soaking.

    Infusion refers to extracting soluble constituents from the tea leaves, not dispersing them (even though this obviously happens). Unabridged (v 1.1)

    An average yet well read guy

    9 April 2008 at 6:56 am

  3. I am trying to find out if you buy a bottle of coke and want to reduce or remove caffeine, is there a way?


    27 April 2008 at 4:38 pm

  4. No, not really. But you can buy noncaffeinated Coke.


    27 April 2008 at 5:13 pm

  5. I think he wants the caffeine 😉


    12 July 2008 at 1:42 am

  6. Welldo u drink it hot or put it in the fridge??


    13 August 2008 at 9:00 pm

  7. I drink it cold, myself.


    13 August 2008 at 11:23 pm

  8. this drink is a good quality but it doesn’t taste very good i dont like tea


    18 August 2008 at 6:14 pm

  9. I tried your recipe and I love it!

    I do have a question though: may I replace the 2oz lemon with calmondin (kalamansi), which is a native fruit we have in the Philippines. (Lemons cost a lot here!)

    What proportions should I put in by the way?

    Thanks for the info!

    Jul dg

    14 October 2008 at 6:57 pm

  10. It’s not my recipe, you’ll note. Sure, try the replacement. I can offer no guidance on proportions, since I’m unfamiliar with the fruit you named.


    14 October 2008 at 8:17 pm

  11. Jul asked:
    >> I do have a question though: may I replace the 2oz lemon with calmondin (kalamansi)

    Yes, any citrus will do, and while I am not familiar with that fruit, Wikipedia says kalamansi is a citrus.


    17 April 2009 at 5:59 pm

  12. There is no caffeine in Gatorade. Also I just bought 10 gatorades for $10.. Think Ill stick to that..


    7 September 2009 at 3:20 pm

  13. is 6 teaspoons of sugar safe?
    im worried in getting diabetes and stuff :S


    27 January 2010 at 2:49 pm

  14. I wonder if i can do this with a snapple

    An annoying ginger

    28 May 2010 at 1:07 am

  15. You can, though Snapple has quite a bit of high-fructose corn syrup in it, so you’d have to adjust the recipe to accommodate that—and I personally don’t use HFCS.


    28 May 2010 at 6:08 am

  16. HFCS isnt that much different from sugar i guess but im gullible so i belive everything (within reason) but ill try and see how everything goes.

    An annoying ginger

    28 May 2010 at 5:00 pm

  17. Some say there is no difference. OTOH, I oppose the endless corn subsidies anyway, so I don’t want to participate. And then there’s this.


    28 May 2010 at 11:55 pm

  18. I just made this and i havto say it smells really good.


    19 August 2010 at 11:47 pm

  19. I like your idea of a healthy, natural homemade energy drink made from tea & fruit juice, but I wanted more energy so I add more tea into my PowerT Hydration Juice recipe.


    11 September 2010 at 1:55 pm

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