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Frugal and easy homemade Gatorade

Last post 03-10-2009 6:55 PM by gayla50. 6 replies.
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  • 07-25-2008 10:44 AM

    • bluesong
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    Geeked [8-|] Frugal and easy homemade Gatorade

    There was a thread on here talking about Gatorade and someone posted using Kool-Aid, so I went to google and found some recipes for a homemade version. I made some of this up last night and it tastes very good. (I used fruit punch kool-aid).

    Homemade Gatorade

    1 pkg unsweetened kool-aid (any flavor)

    1/2 cup sugar

    1/2 teaspoons salt

    1/4 teaspoon salt subsitute (potassium chloride) and/or 1/2 cup of orange juice

    2 quarts water

    Just stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Chill.

    I used orange juice and which I think it makes it better than Gatorade because it has "real" fruit juice in it.Geeked

     

     




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  • 07-26-2008 5:42 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal and easy homemade Gatorade

    Ohmygosh!!!  This was VERY good!  I'm extremely impressed!  I can't imagine that it costs more than maybe 0.50 to make a pitcher of this.  I used lemon-lime kool-aid and the o.j. and it tastes *extremely* similar to lemon-lime gatorade.  I told my DH that I would be willing to make this every couple of days for the family if he'd like.  He was kinda skeptical when I had him taste it, but even he says it tastes like gatorade.  And I told him that it has the salt (though I think less than what gatorade has in it) and the potassium (thanks to the o.j.) just like gatorade.  The most expensive part of the whole thing is the 1/2 cup of o.j.

    Thanks for posting this!

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  • 07-26-2008 7:08 PM In reply to

    • bluesong
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    Re: Frugal and easy homemade Gatorade

    I just made my second batch today, strawberry-orange. I did cut down on the salt a little bit, seemed too salty for me. I did buy a 3 oz. container of Nu-Salt (salt substitute) it cost $1.69. It will last me a long time since you only use 1/4 teaspoon.

    Sometimes I have a hard time going thru a 48 oz. container of orange juice, so I think I will freeze some in ice cube trays and just use 2 or 3 cubes when I make a new batch.




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  • 07-26-2008 7:37 PM In reply to

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    I only picked up 3 koolaid packages -- lemon-lime, black cherry, tropical punch.  Now that I know that it's a good substitute for gatorade, I'll start buying different flavors of koolaid and trying them out with this recipe.  DH drinks a bottle of gatorade almost every day in the summer; not as frequently in the cooler months.  He drinks a LOT of water, too -- over 1 1/2 gallons a day.  His meds give him drymouth and that amount of water is like taking a diuretic every day, so gatorade is a must.  $10/week in gatorade vs. $2 to make 4 pitchers a week is quite a savings.

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  • 08-12-2008 3:01 PM In reply to

    • Dawnie
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    Re: Frugal and easy homemade Gatorade

    I will have to try this.  The boys like gatorade but i don't buy it that often because it can get kinda pricy.  Thanks for sharing.

     

  • 03-10-2009 5:07 PM In reply to

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     I have to confess I HATE Gatorade.   So I've been looking for alternatives.  This one is actually a middle-ages Islamic recipe, and it's really, really good!  If you add a little salt, it also helps you in the hot weather:

     Sekanjiban

    Water 2 1/2 cups
    Sugar 4 cups
    Wine or apple cider vinegar 1 cup
     Mint or 4 mint tea bags
    1/2 cup


    Dissolve 4 cups sugar in 2 1/2 cups of water; when it comes to a boil add 1 cup wine vinegar.
    Simmer for 1/2 hour. Add the mint, stir, remove from fire, and let cool. Dilute the resulting syrup to taste with ice water (5 to 10 parts water to 1 part syrup). The syrup stores without refrigeration.

     

    It tastes good, really refreshing, and you can dress it up with sparkling water if you really want to go fancy and want a soda-substitute. 

     

  • 03-10-2009 6:55 PM In reply to

    • gayla50
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    Re: Frugal and easy homemade Gatorade

    I have made this before .. its ok I like to make because I can control the salt ..

    My DH and boys drink Gatorade by the gallons in the summer ...

    Gayla

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