Picture of Homemade Energy Drink

I started out with the intention of coming up with a recipe for a homemade version of the store bought energy drinks, but after doing some research and discovering how unhealthy they are for you, I decided instead to try and design a less sugar/caffeine fueled way to help myself through the workday afternoon sleepy slump.

What I landed on was a system of three drinks and some energy boosting ideas that are going a long way to helping me keep my energy up all day long! Here's the good on the drinks:

The Fire Hydrant (left) - 3-4 8oz glasses throughout the day

filtered water
1 slice lemon
1 pinch cayenne pepper

Other than getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do to help keep your body functioning at optimum levels. So this drink is just water with a squeezed lemon slice and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The lemon not only tastes good, but is also super alkaline* which helps your body maintain a healthy pH level. The cayenne pepper helps raise energy levels naturally and provides protection for your heart by helping to maintain proper cardiovascular movement throughout the body. Combining this with 4-5 glasses of regular water will bring you up to your recommended 8 glasses of water per day!

*For an explanation of lemons' miraculous transition from acidic outside of the body, to alkaline once ingested, visit this link:

The Quick Fix (center) - as needed, during the day
(I don't recommend drinking it at night as it might keep you up)

hot water
1 1/2 - 2 tsp honey (to taste)
1 inch of fresh ginger root
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp tumeric

Cut off two thin slices of ginger and place in your cup or mug.
Use a garlic press to juice the remaining ginger into your mug.
Add both spices and fill your mug with hot water and stir.

This is the closest thing I found to a non-caffeine/refined sugar pick me up! And I find it pretty delicious. Ginger speeds up metabolism and increases circulation. It also aids in the digestive process which can help stave off the post lunch coma that contributes to the afternoon slump. Turmeric, a cousin of ginger, also helps speed things up in the body, including energy levels! And Cardamom has long been valued medicinally for its ability to increase circulation and improve energy. Honey is mother nature's equivalent of an energy shot and is one of the best kinds of sugars for your body.

The Heavy Lifter (right) - 1 glass in the morning

1 ripe banana
1/4 cup raw almonds or 2 tbsp almond butter
1 scoop of high quality whey protein powder (low sugar content)
2 washed kale leaves
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

According to Dr. Oz, sixty percent of women don't get enough protein in their diets and that is often the number one reason for fatigue! ( A morning protein shake is a really easy and delicious way to make sure that you're starting the day off well fueled. Pair this with a piece of whole grain toast and you have everything you need to give you a solid energy foundation for the day.

The next steps are energy booster tips that I find, when done along with the drinks, help me keep on keeping on all day long!

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Really impressive! Going to make the heavy lifter tomorrow(just wothout the protein powder) :)

Definitely going to try these. I love ginger!

HanaP11 days ago

love this i always make the lemon one

Stillie4181 month ago

Great article. Wish I had a way to print these 3 energy drink recipes. Great article!

You can write them down and add your own drawings for extra style =)

Love these great alternatives to purchasing supplements. Sometimes it's nice to switch it up!

NamedJohnny13 days ago

very useful thanks!

mssadnblue13 days ago

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I absolutely love your practical approach here! i also loved how down to earth your writing voice is! thank you for some great ideas.

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Florencez1 month ago

very nice,i like it..... the home made things are healthy and better in taste as compare to other market products.

These are some great ideas, I cannot wait to try them out. I especially like the idea of lemon and cayenne pepper throughout the day!

I will try these for sure turmeric is suppose to be so good for you.

ritas12 months ago

My grandmother, who was a nurse in WW I, had a very similar mix she kept in her frig and drank every day, it was distilled water, lemon, honey & cayenne pepper.

She lived to be 100 !!

MaggiO2 months ago

great article.........

AssiaL2 months ago

This is exactly what I was looking for! I'll try them out and see how it turns out

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CallumM2 months ago

Love these! Trying them as we speak :)

Love it!

Light_Lab2 months ago

wellrested and keyguy13 have a wonderful extensive discussion going on about the body's pH and I don't think I should add to that. As a chemist who suffers from hyper-acidity I feel compelled to say there is no truth to the claim that lemons convert to alkaline on ingestion. Reading the reference above I believe this myth stems from the misunderstanding of the expression "weak acid" as applied to citric acid. This is a chemistry expression and refers to the ability of the acid to disassociate and produce hydrogen ions in solution. In no way could a weak acid contribute to alkalinity in a strict chemistry sense.

Nevertheless if you can handle the acidity lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. As part of a balanced diet, lemons and other fruits definitely contribute to health in many ways. Overall Paige's drink recipes appear to be very healthy to me. Good work Paige!

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ned1039 months ago

I just wanted to share this with everyone. I recently found this stuff online and the grocery store that is called True Lemon. It's a little packet, like your typical sugar packet size, that contains real lemon. It's not artificial. There is also True Lime. I mention this because I was think of The Fire Hydrant drink and down in these replies someone asked if you can make them in advance. What if you're at work and all that's available is the 8 ounce cup that you carry with you and the drinking fountain. Well, one of the True Lemon packets is the equivalent of one lemon wedge. So, you can carry these packets and however you would carry the cayenne pepper and then just add water when your ready. Not to mention, if you're like me, I get a little leery of asking for lemon wedges at restaurants. My sister carries a few lemon and lime packets in her purse. When she orders a glass of water or tea, she adds her own lemon or lime. I only mention this because it would make taking this places easy. All you need is water.

Here's the website for the True Lemon packets. All Natural.

The site can direct you to a local store that sells the stuff or you can buy it online. I would compare prices before you buy from either. For me, online is cheaper. For my sister where she lives, the store is cheaper. You decide.

Sorry for the long post. Great Instructable. I'm looking forward to making these.

Thank you, ned103. What a wonderful tip! I followed the link you provided and discovered that this product is sold in one of our favorite grocery stores near us. I've already added it to our grocery list for the next time we go into town. Thank you. Hoping for you to have happy days!

You are very welcome. I hope that this helps others as well. When I posted it, it started getting lengthy. I was thinking, "These people are going to think I work for True Lemon." LoL But no, I don't. Because of the military I have PTSD and have certain phobias. People touching my food is one of them. Plus with all that you hear of the different bacteria that they find on pre-cut restaurant lemon and lime wedges, I was more than thrilled to learn of these packets and share the info. Again, I'm glad you liked the tip and hope others will too.

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keyguy13 ned1039 months ago

I love true lime. I put it on popcorn. It's delicious :)

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ned103 keyguy139 months ago
KeyGuy13, That actually sounds good. I'll have to try that and share the idea with my sister. She recently gave me the True Lime in a shaker bottle. That would be perfect for that. Thanks. I like that it's an all natural alternative. The also make drink mixes for the 16oz water bottles. Have you ever tried those. There good. Although honestly I think their a bit strong for 16oz and usually mix them with 20oz or more. Up to 32oz. Any more then the do get watered down.
wellrested9 months ago

Hate to break it to you, but all this about making the body more acidic/basic is total hogwash. You can't really shift the body's pH significantly. While you can alter your urine's pH, it's simply a matter of your body excreting certain ions in order to maintain the pH needed to live. Altering that pH, even a little, would stop certain metabolic processes and kill you rather quickly. That's why they take a urine pH at the hospital after car wrecks, certain diseases, etc., to check for the breakdown of myoglobin or proper kidney functioning. The whole health-benefit thing is just another health scam.

Please see:

-OR- for a quick fix:

Research, people. It'd be nice to think that you could cure cancer, lose weight, get pregnant/not get pregnant, etc. by having acid or base in your body... but no, changing the body's pH would simply kill you. Though it would absolve your health concerns then, wouldn't it?


I'm not sure if I buy into many of the health claims about alkalizing foods, but if urine tests CAN register very high and low pH levels, doesn't it stand to reason that the body does something in its metabolism that makes it secret high or low levels of pH in the urine, thereby indicating varied pH levels in the body? I know as a diabetic, if my blood glucose goes too high, my blood becomes highly acidic and the urine test indicates I am in keto-acidosis (a very dangerous condition). Is it so hard to believe that there are foods that might produce the opposite effect or a balancing effect? While I don't know how MUCH they might affect our body's pH, certainly they seem to. And while the pH diet's health effects might be anecdotal, they are verifiable. People get healthier when on it. Does it really matter what the mechanism is?

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