I have used a homemade sports drink recipe (that I found online) that's supposed to be pretty similar in composition to Gatorade and uses regular sugar and a Kool-Aid packet, and it was pretty good, but I'm not a huge fan of the artificial flavors/colors and the large amount of refined sugar because it just doesn't seem that healthy. Here's what I came up with yesterday by making some substitutions:
4 tea bags (I used green tea, but will probably experiment with other types including herbal as well)
6 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons honey
3/4 teaspoon Morton Lite Salt (or can use 1/2 tsp regular salt and 1/2 tsp Morton Lite to get the same level of Na and about 1/3 the level of K)
2 tbsp lemon juice if desired
Steep the tea bags in 16 oz. hot water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add honey and Morton Lite Salt, along with lemon juice if using; stir until everything dissolves. Add water to bring the total amount of liquid to 2 liters.
An 8-oz serving of the original recipe (the Kool-Aid one) has 14.2g carbohydrate, 53 calories, 103 mg sodium and 121 mg potassium (or 104 mg Na and 40 mg K if using half regular salt). My recipe has the same amount of carbs/calories, should have the same amount of sodium (I don't think the tea or honey really has any) and somewhat more potassium due to the tea and the honey (maybe for this one I should do the variation using half regular and half lite salt). The lemon juice definitely improves the taste; I originally did not use it but then added some after the initial taste test. I drank this today while riding all over town doing errands (did probably 12 miles total) as it was a hot day and I find that it's easier to drink more if it's not just plain water. No upset stomach or other issues; then again, maybe it just wasn't a long enough ride for anything like that to happen. Do you guys think the fact that this has some caffeine in it is a problem? Not a lot, as it's green tea and not full strength, but using some sort of herbal tea would eliminate it. What homemade recipes do other people use?