Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 0 mins

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.

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.


Most Helpful

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!!!

r_berhow January 15, 2007

I tried this recipe with corn syrup and little bit more sugar than shown in the recipe.... and it actually turned out really really nice. I've been making a lot of this stuff lately. :D

amaank September 01, 2006

I really like this recipe. The citric acid gives it just the right tang and I used corn syrup instead of granular fructose. The berry unsweetened koolaid gave it a great flavor and I believe I just saved at least $5.00

quinn August 09, 2005

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