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Lemon Lime Electrolyte Drink

This homemade Lemon Lime Electrolyte Drink is easy to make and so much better for you than traditional sports drinks like Gatorade or Pedialyte. Skip the store bought drinks loaded with food dye, added sugar, and artificial ingredients and make your own electrolyte drink! It’s great for hydration, especially during the hot and humid summer months.

jar of lemon lime electrolyte drink

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Let’s talk about electrolytes!

What are electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge. The three most commonly found in the body are sodium, calcium, and potassium. Electrolytes are essential for many different functions of the body – they regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood pressure and help rebuild damaged tissue. (Source: Medical News Today) Without enough essential electrolytes, you can end up in any number of unwanted medical conditions.

When a person has been sweating from activity or exercise on a hot day, had diarrhea/has been vomiting for a prolonged period of time, or is severely dehydrated, the electrolytes in their body become severely depleted. This can cause an irregular heartbeat, twitching or muscle spasms, muscle fatigue, muscle cramps, or other unpleasant symptoms. Or it just might make you feel crummy.

Have you ever been working or exercising outside on a hot, humid day and drinking plain water makes you feel worse instead of better? You might think you are doing the right thing by trying to rehydrate, but no amount of water will help. You might actually be depleting the electrolytes you have left. Drinking this Lemon Lime Electrolyte Drink will help hydrate you while replenishing enough electrolytes. This is a great way to help your family keep up with active lifestyles and maintain electrolyte balance!

How to make this Lemon Lime Electrolyte Drink –

We have made this diy recipe for electrolyte drinks so many times this summer. I’m so glad that I found an alternative to Gatorade or processed electrolyte powder for my family to drink on hot days or sick days. We love the natural lemon lime flavor with just a little honey and zero sugar! It’s refreshing, but not too sweet, and truly nourishing to our bodies with natural ingredients.


  • 3 cups Water
  • Juice of 2 lemons and 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

Lemons and limes – fresh, try to source organic lemon juice and lime juice if possible

Raw honey – honey that has not been heated during processing is loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients as well as a mix of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, and zinc

Cream of tartar – often used in baking, but is actually a great source of potassium!

Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt – obviously a good source of sodium, but also naturally nutrient and mineral dense!

Start with about 1 cup of warm water in a quart mason jar. (The reason you want to use warm water is to dissolve the honey and salt). Add the honey, cream of tartar and salt. Give it a quick stir and allow it to sit for a few minutes to dissolve the honey and salt. When it is completely dissolved, add the lemon and lime juice, and the remaining 2 cups of water (use cold this time). Add ice if you want to drink it right away, otherwise you can store it in the fridge to save for later.

This is a great recipe to throw in your kid’s water bottle for sports practice/games, to whip up when someone in your house has the throw ups, or to make for your whole family on a hot summer day!

More Ideas for Electrolyte Drinks –

We love the combination of lemons and limes for this drink, but you can totally mix up the juice flavors for more variety!

Try using fresh squeezed orange juice instead of lemons and limes. For an orange creamsicle flavor, add a few tablespoons of raw cream for an extra boost of calcium!

You could use maple syrup instead of honey for sweetness.

Tart cherry juice has a ton of health benefits and would be tasty in this drink too!

lemon lime electrolyte drink with lemons and limes next to it

Lemon Lime Electrolyte Drink

Yield: 1 quart
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This homemade electrolyte is so refreshing and delicious. It boosts hydration and replenishes electrolytes naturally without all the sugar and food dye found in Gatorade and Pedialyte.


  • 3 cups water
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt


  1. Pour 1 cup of warm water into a quart mason jar. Add honey, cream of tartar and salt. Give it a stir and let it sit until the honey and salt have dissolved.
  2. Add the lemon and lime juice and remaining 2 cups of water (use cold water this time).
  3. Add ice and enjoy!


This will stay fresh in the fridge for a few days. Just shake it up before drinking.

If you make a big batch, it is best to use up within 3 days.

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  1. This looks amazing! I do a lot of hard outside work in the sun, so I love it that I ran across your recipe. It sounds exactly like what I need!

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