Homemade Gatorade

READY IN: 3mins
Recipe by TommyGato

We Googled Gatorade after realizing how much the cost of this product adds up. This is the result of much trial and error. The envelopes with non Kool-Aid drink mixes (like Wylers) are usually more like Gatorade. Kool-Aid seems to have its own distinct flavor. I often double the recipe to make a gallon jug. Fructose and citric acid might require going to a good health food store or brewing supply co. but yield a product more like the original. It is very good with the substitutions mentioned if you like the lemon flavor.

Top Review by r_berhow

My husband prefers the Gatorade "Rain" when we buy it at the store, so I have been using the measurements for the recipe as given but adding enough water to make a full gallon. It is very tasty, very close to the real thing, and we are saving at least $10.00 a week. I love this recipe!!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope unsweetened flavored drink mix (enough for 2 quarts)
  • 12 teaspoon table salt (sodium chloride)
  • 14 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride; eg. Morton Salt Substitute)
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 14 cup granular fructose (can substitute 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. corn syrup)
  • 12 teaspoon citric acid (can substitute 2 tbs. lemon juice)
  • water, to make 2 quarts


  1. Place all ingredients in a large pitcher or jug and stir or shake until well mixed.
  2. Chill and keep refrigerated until used.
  3. Note: Adjust sweetness to taste by adding (or in rare cases reducing) a little sugar since drink mixes can vary.

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