Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink

Thirst quenching to the max!

This Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink is a naturally sweetened alternative to all those sugary sports drinks out there.

To be completely transparent here, I’ve started writing these posts a bit in advance since our little girl could be making her entrance into the world any day now. I came up with this Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink recipe in the hopes that I could have some on hand when I start going into labor. (My days of overly sweetened Gatorade are behind me.) For the latest updates on whether Baby D has arrived yet, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook!


But seriously, I’m really excited to share this recipe with you, and even more excited to have a hydrating Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink recipe in my back pocket for when I can finally get back to working out at my normal (fairly high) intensity, or even when I just need to replenish after a higher-than-normal level of partying or a long day of travel.

This Homemade Citrus Electrolyte will rehydrate and replenish you after a hard workout!

Staying hydrated hadn’t always been really important to me, but when I was spending almost every waking hour during high school playing volleyball, I learned firsthand what a difference a drink with some electrolytes and potassium can make in performance and recovery.

I think it was my freshman year the first time I experienced extreme dehydration. It was a couple of hours after I had gotten home from a long day of volleyball, and all of a sudden a horrific migraine came on…My eyesight was blurry, I had a horrible headache, and any light or noise just made everything ten times worse. Oh, and the nausea…It was INTENSE. It got so bad that I threw up and the only thing that seemed to make me feel better (aside from laying in a dark, quiet room with my eyes closed for a few hours) was a big jug of cold Gatorade.

I quickly learned that, due to the amount of sweat I was losing during training, I needed to be replenishing my body with more than just straight water DURING these times. I started bringing Gatorade with me to every practice and game, and made sure I sipped on it continuously throughout. Although the dehydration migraines have happened to me a few more times since then, it really is a one-off and I can usually pinpoint why they happened after they do.

This Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink comes together with just a few simple ingredients and is way better than any store-bought sports drink!

Of course, the peak of my athletic days (high school and college, more than 10 years ago) were way before trendy coconut water made its way onto the scene, and I am very happy to now have that as a more natural rehydration option as opposed to artificially sweetened (and colored) Gatorade. Coconut water is now my go-to when I’ve been through an intense workout or feel the need to fill my body with all the good electrolytes and potassium.

This Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink does indeed contain coconut water, but there are a few other ingredients that make it extra-special and hydrating, namely citrus juice, Himalayan pink sea salt and some maple syrup for a touch of natural sweetness.

A frosty serving of this Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink is all you need after a tough workout!

Here’s everything those components contribute to us when put them together in a big ol’ Mason jar and chug it down:

Coconut water – Contains more potassium than a banana

Fresh citrus juice – Also contains potassium and immune-boosting Vitamin C

Himalayan pink sea salt – Creates an electrolyte balance

Maple syrup – Contains antioxidants and fights inflammation

As you can see, not only is this Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink perfect for athletes/workout enthusiasts, it’s also going to be a godsend for me as I go through this crazy thing called labor. It also comes together quickly and can be stored in the refrigerator for at least a few days, so you can prep it and have it on hand at a moment’s notice!

A serving of this Homemade Electrolyte Drink will get you back on your feet in no time.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited to have this to sip on during labor and throughout my recovery. It’s such a better alternative than sports drinks and I’m all about getting back on my feet (and in the gym) as soon as I’m medically cleared to do so.

Tell me, do you have any tips for rehydration and/or making it through labor? I’m all ears!

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This Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink is a naturally sweetened alternative to all those sugary sports drinks out there.
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Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This homemade version of a replenishing sports drink has tons of health benefits and way fewer artificial sugars than any store-bought version.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 drink
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup coconut water
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a Mason jar (with a lid) and shake to combine.

  2. Add ice and enjoy immediately or place in the refrigerator to have on hand at a moment’s notice (just be sure to shake again before drinking.)

Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink | CaliGirlCooking.com

Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch

It’s been far too long since I’ve brought out the ‘booch.

This Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch is the perfect non-alcoholic batch drink to serve a crowd during the holidays.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still as in love with it as ever, but I was told by my OB that I should be careful about consuming kombucha while pregnant (which is slightly odd seeing as I have other friends whose docs told them it was good for them) but I just couldn’t help myself with this Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch!


When you can’t consume alcohol, you’ve got to get creative with how you enjoy your festive beverages. As a die-hard bubbles lover, I’m the first to use a delicious sparkling wine as my punch base when I’m not pregnant (case in point: this Sparkling Pomegranate Party Punch I made last year) so naturally I was looking for something that would be a suitable substitute, at least for the next 5 weeks or so.

[Side note: I can’t believe we’re only five-ish weeks away from meeting our little girl!]

Because these days I seem to be getting “sugar headaches” if I consume too much overly sweetened juice, I wanted something that had minimal added sugar. I also wanted some bubbles – because we’ve got to keep things festive somehow! A citrus-y kombucha seemed just the answer.

Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch is the perfect batch mocktail for the holiday season.

I decided to keep with the new season (hello, fall!) by using some of its star produce. While cherries may be on their way out, pomegranates are most certainly on their way in, as are all the citrus fruits. So into my base of citrus kombucha went equal parts pomegranate and cherry juices (which you can find at any Trader Joe’s) and then, to keep my Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch not too basic, I added just a touch of orgeat to add a little extra dimension of flavor.

[Second side note: Orgeat has become a huge favorite mocktail ingredient for me and I highly recommend that you add some to your home bar arsenal ASAP.]

Once you have all the ingredients on hand, your Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch will come together in a snap, which means it’s the perfect batch mocktail to whip up this weekend.

A glass of Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch is the perfect way to kick off the first weekend of fall.

Speaking of which, what are your plans? We have a few birthday parties to attend, but otherwise we’ll be relaxing, watching football, putting together baby stuff and packing our “go” bags for the hospital!

No matter what mischief you’re getting into, I hope you make this Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch a part of it!

Cheers to the weekend with a glass of Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch!

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This Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch is the perfect non-alcoholic batch drink to serve a crowd during the holidays.
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Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This festive punch is full of seasonal flavor and gets a non-alcoholic kick from citrus kombucha. The perfect drink for children and adults alike!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 drink
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces orange- or tangerine-flavored kombucha
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces cherry juice
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat
  • Thin orange wedge or wheels, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill a tallboy glass with ice.

  2. Add kombucha, pomegranate juice, cherry juice and orgeat and give a little stir.

  3. Garnish with orange wedges or wheels and enjoy!

Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch | CaliGirlCooking.com

Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher

The perfect way to get ready for the weekend!

Two frosty glasses of the Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher mocktail. You can also make it a cocktail by adding vodka or gin!

It’s no secret that I love alllllll the tropical flavors. I mean, just take a quick glance through my Recipe Index and you’ll find everything from this Belizean Rum Punch to this Li Hing Pineapple Margarita. And now that it’s (almost) officially summer, they’re just going to keep on coming starting with this Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher!


If you’re new to these parts, you can take a look at this Lightened Up Double Strawberry Milkshake post for all the deets on why I’m taking a little break from the heavily alcoholic beverages but, have no fear! Even if the drink recipes I’m posting don’t always contain alcohol as is, I’ll always provide a recommendation for a good way to booze them up a little bit 😉 (I mean, someone around here’s got to have a little fun, right??)

But before I get to my new fave Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher, tell me, what fun things are you up to this weekend? I, for one, am really looking forward to relaxing and just getting my head on straight. I recently took a part-time copyrighting job for a beverage company and it has definitely been keeping me busy. I’ve been working 14-hour days (between the blog and this new gig,) waking up early and going to bed a little later than usual for this preggo mama. I’ve just gotten the bulk of a big project out of the way, though, so I’m looking forward to regrouping, maybe heading to the beach, and just getting some extra sleep over the next couple of days!

A single ice-cold glass of the Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher mocktail or cocktail!

I will also most likely be sipping on plenty of Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refreshers. Since I’ve been pregnant, I’ve really been conscious of not going overboard on the nonalcoholic beverages, whose empty calories can really add up over time (Baby D. needs real, filling nutrients, not empty calories!) What I love about this Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher is that it’s actually REALLY healthy, with hardly any sugar (save for a little bit of simple syrup.)

The lemon and lime juices are giving me (and baby) an extra dose of Vitamin C, while the coconut water and club soda make the drink incredibly hydrating. So there’s definitely no need for me to feel guilty when I’m sipping one of these and relaxing on a sunny beach this weekend!

An overhead shot of the tasty Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher.

The other great thing about this mocktail is that, if you’re anything like me, you probably already have just all of these ingredients on hand in your pantry or refrigerator. And if you aren’t well-stocked with bar accessories like simple syrup, just throw some water and sugar together in a pot to boil and simmer down and you’ll have a homemade batch ready in no time.

And for those of you who are still able to imbibe, I’d highly recommend either vodka or gin as the spirit of choice to spike these bad boys. I am personally more of a fan of gin because of its floral notes, but I also know there are a lot of you out there who would much rather go the less flavor-forward vodka route.

I’m keeping it fairly short today because there are a lot of tasks I still need to complete before kicking off my weekend with a Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher, but enjoy your Friday and, if you can, enjoy a spiked version or two for me!

This Hydrating Citrus Coconut refresher is nonalcoholic, but can easily be made into a cocktail with the addition of vodka or gin!

Two frosty glasses of the Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher mocktail. You can also make it a cocktail by adding vodka or gin!
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Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher
Prep Time
5 mins
 

The perfect, healthy mocktail for summer featuring two types of fresh citrus, hydrating coconut water and fizzy club soda. Make it boozy with vodka or gin!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces coconut water
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • Optional: 2 ounces vodka or gin
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the club soda in a cocktail shaker filled ¾ full with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds and then strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon and lime wedge threaded onto a cocktail pick.

 Citrus Coconut Refresher | CaliGirlCooking.com

Belizean 75

This drink is brought to you with so much looooove.

Belizean 75 | CaliGirlCooking.com

I know Valentine’s Day is behind us, but this Belizean 75 holds a very special place in my heart for multiple reasons.


First, you all know that the French 75 is one of the hubs’ and my absolute favorite cocktails, so much so that it was one of the two signature drinks we served at our wedding. I mean, anything involving both bubbles AND gin is a winner in my book. I love them both to pieces.

Second, we first got to taste a “Belizean 75” on our honeymoon shortly thereafter which, although not quite what we expected, did have a few fond memories going for it. This drink is definitely one of them and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to make my own version at home.

I ordered the Belizean 75 the day we got back to our resort after being evacuated due to the hurricane, and, let me tell you, after being stuck in a $100 a night eco-lodge that flooded and had no power OR water after the storm hit it was like tasting the nectar of the Gods. Forget the plentiful glasses of red wine and steaming seafood platters that were constants at our Francis Coppola-owned resort, I just wanted this incredibly cool and refreshing cocktail on repeat.

Belizean 75 | CaliGirlCooking.com

The main difference between a Belizean 75 and a French 75 is that local rum is used in place of gin, and any variety of local citrus is used in place of the standard lemon juice. I’m not too sure what variety of citrus they used at the Turtle Inn, but I had some blood oranges laying around and boy, did they add just the right zing of color to this cocktail!

I love this cocktail because it is incredibly easy to make and uses very few ingredients, ones you’ll likely have on hand already without requiring an extra trip to the store. All you’re going to need is sparkling wine, rum and fresh-squeezed citrus juice! I would just recommend that whatever citrus juice you use isn’t too tart, since there is no added sweetener in this drink (bonus – less of a hangover the next day!)

Belizean 75 | CaliGirlCooking.com

The blood oranges I used were perfect and lent that lovely pinkish hue. Despite what it looks like in the photos, I did use the exact same amount of blood orange juice in each drink, the pulp of one of the blood oranges was just a lot darker than the other. But that’s nature for ya!

Now I know today isn’t a “special” Friday per se (although if you ask me, every Friday is pretty dang special) but that’s no excuse to forego making a Belizean 75 or two. Whether you’re getting together with girlfriends or just want an easy at-home Happy Hour drink for you and your honey, this cocktail will do the trick. And with another round of nasty weather headed our way, I’d say we need as many tropical drinks as we can get to make us forget all the rain. Am I right?

Belizean 75 | CaliGirlCooking.com

Stay safe and dry this weekend my friends! Xx

Belizean 75 | CaliGirlCooking.com
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Belizean 75
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This cocktail is a fun, tropical riff on the classic French 75, using local rum instead of gin and fresh blood orange juice instead of lemon. The ultimate refresher!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce fresh blood orange juice (or other fresh citrus juice)
  • 1 ounce rum
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
Instructions
  1. Combine orange juice and rum in the bottom of a champagne flute. Slowly pour the sparkling wine over top. Garnish with a blood orange wheel, if desired.

Belizean 75 | CaliGirlCooking.com

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir

Because sometimes you just need a drink that makes you feel GOOD.

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com
This is another in a series of posts I’ve done in partnership with Sonoma Syrup Co. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make CaliGirl Cooking possible!

I’m mixing things up today by bringing you what I believe turned out to be a phenomenal “mocktail.” This Honey Citrus Detox Elixir will leave you feeling healthy, refreshed and energized for whatever your day has in store for you.  It’s good for both your body and your tastebuds, and I promise you won’t even notice that there’s no alcohol involved.

What IS involved is Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Organic Apple Cider Infused Drinking Vinegar, which I have fallen deeply in love with ever since I started my partnership with them almost a year ago. Funny story about said apple cider vinegar: when I first got my hands on a bottle, I got so excited by seeing the words “with Lemon and Vanilla” in small print on the label that I quickly took a big glug to taste. Mmmmm…not the smartest move. It tasted like a darn good version of apple cider vinegar, but it was still vinegar and my face proceeded to screw up into a tight pucker.


BUT, the next morning, I added it to my usual lemon water concoction (let me know if you’re interested in seeing the recipe!) and O.M.G. Amaze-balls. Seriously, when combined with everything else and warmed up a little bit, it actually made my morning libation pleasing to sip on rather than chugging it all down as quickly as possible.

So, when Sonoma Syrup Co. approached me about making a drink using their Organic Apple Cider Infused Drinking Vinegar, I jumped at the chance. I was so excited to try out some other flavor combinations to showcase the uniqueness of this product, and this Honey Citrus Detox Elixir is the ultra-tasty, body cleansing result.

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com

To give you a quick overview, apple cider vinegar has been on the up-and-up in the health and wellness scenes for the last couple of years, and for good reason. It promotes healthy cholesterol, can aid in weight loss and improves nutrient absorption, among other things. Experts in the health community recommend anywhere from one teaspoon to one tablespoon per day (best if mixed with water or other liquids,) so mix up a Honey Citrus Detox Elixir and you’ll have all of the recommended ACV (along with a healthy dose of Vitamin C from the oranges and lemon) that you need in a day.

I used all-natural products for this elixir, no artificial or processed ingredients whatsoever. We’re talking fresh squeezed OJ and lemon juice (many thanks to our landlords who decided to plant a plethora of citrus trees on our property a couple of years ago,) local honey for some sweetness, and turmeric and cinnamon to add even more anti-inflammatory and metabolism-boosting benefits.

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com

I don’t know about you, but I think I may be turning to a Honey Citrus Detox Elixir as my drink of choice a bit more often for the foreseeable future. You know I’m all about that balance after all, and when there’s a non-alcoholic option that’s THIS good, you’ll hardly even miss the buzz, and won’t even have to worry about a hangover tomorrow morning!

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com
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Honey Citrus Detox Elixir
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A fun, healthy and delicious mocktail that will boost your metabolism and deliver a healthy punch of Vitamin C, the perfect drink for this time of year!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 drink
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice (the juice from about 3 oranges)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sonoma Syrup Co. Organic Apple Cider Infused Drinking Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, then pour into a glass. If honey sticks to bottom of cocktail shaker, simply scoop out and stir into the poured drink (as much as possible.)

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com

 

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