Homemade Energy Drink

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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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gluvit6 months ago
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ned1036 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.

God bless
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keyguy13 ned1036 months ago

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

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ned103 keyguy136 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.
wellrested6 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?

It is true that DKA causes a shift in the blood's pH, but that shift is noticed after a change of .05 and can cause coma at .5; it's also due to a shift in essential components of the homeostatic system that fights to maintain a balanced pH.
The note about people getting healthier is true of many health fads; it's seen in diets that have real evidence and ones that do not. In this instance, I would think it's because the diet does include lots of fresh fruit & veg, not to mention replacing calories from soda, etc. with water.
It might improve your health. But it doesn't shift the body's pH.
Well the thing is, if DKA can shift the blood's pH it stands to reason that other things do too. And if a tiny shift can cause death, then it also stands to reason that a tiny shift can improve health. People have died from having too alkaline blood too. I'm not sure what it's called but i have heard of it. And yes, fresh fruits and vegetables do improve health but my point is, why? The body's systems seem to constantly be shifting it's pH levels. That is part of what homeostasis is. It doesn't seem unreasonable to deduce that certain foods, and chemicals cause the body to adjust more or less. Regardless, thanks for the discussion. It's been interesting.
The thing is, homeostasis means a system balancing itself - working to maintain that constant balance. DKA causes a shift in pH due to a breakdown of an essential chemical process, namely the excretion of excess acetone into the bloodstream. This causes a reaction that shifts the pH. In the case of food, it's simply not possible. It's also worth mentioning that it's not as though a low pH is bad and a high one is good, nor the reverse... any deviation from the norm, about 7.4, is bad.
In regard to homeostasis, much of the damage from DKA is upon the kidneys. This is because they are struggling so hard to get rid of excess positive ions, to flush them out of the system so that the body can return to normal. They simply can't work hard enough (because the body continues to excrete acetone) and will eventually fail. Again, it's the body working to maintain that static pH - working hard enough to destroy itself, that's how important it is.
It is not an unreasonable deduction, but 300+ years of biology proves it to be wrong. It only survives as misinformation because people want it to be true, and because it sounds reasonable to those who have not taken the time to educate themselves in the matter.
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Alex Stadler6 months ago

terrific! I have two comments: could you come up with drinks with a coconut water base and how about ones for men, or non gender-based.

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although mentioned in the instructable as being highly beneficial for woman, there's nothing gender specific about any of them, whey protein is what many male athletes, primarily body builders, use to bulk up. Also yogurt helps rebuild and maintain bacteria vital to digestion
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sarahwild4 months ago

I thought I knew all the home made energy drinks out there but the "Fire Hydrant" blew me away. I made a load of it and shared with friends at a festival and now they all want the recipe!

pallc6 months ago

wellrested... their is a PAL value for foods that is related to ash value and impacts kidney function. Not selling the book, though here is a link for more info:

pallc pallc6 months ago

PRAL, my fault on the typo. I think there is more impact than the public is aware of and the technical details to detour people from the truth doesn't help anything. The diagnostic tests are supposed to be supported with ion and bound mineral, vitamin, protein (peptide and amino), carbohydrates and lipid analytical test results static and dynamically collected. Talk about healthcare fraud... most of the healthcare labs and even criminal forensics labs are closing because of all the narcotics insurance frauds using them to cover up their forensically clean homicides.

Grannie_4_76 months ago

Thank you for 3 quick and easy recipes, Paige. I'll definitely be giving them a try.

ddalelio6 months ago

your the best whoever made this

nitesurfer6 months ago

Nice collection of pick me ups and certainly a lot better than the sugar and salt approach used by many...

ptownes6 months ago

Whoooa! The Quick Fix is a swift, sharp kick in the seat!
THAT woke me up :-D

Thank you, that's a few mg less caffeine in my blood stream.

AJMansfield6 months ago

Fun Fact: A change of blood pH by as little as .1 can kill you.

Nyxius6 months ago

*Chemistry Face-Plam*

Nice try, but the chemistry says no. That website didn't even have citations about where its getting those facts. You're getting a boost from the citric acid because citric acid is a major part of your metabolic pathways (krebs cycle). That is why you don't take vitamin C before going to the dentist or doctors. It will make you metabolize the anesthetic faster. It has nothing to do with Ph.

You are confusing Vitamin C (aka Ascorbic Acid) with Citric Acid. They are NOT the same thing, not by a long shot. Citric Acid is used in the Krebs cycle as an , while Vitamin C is an enzyme cofactor used in an entirely different part of metabolism, and is used for repairing collagen, a structural protien. Please, don't go confusing people about the two.

rsomerville6 months ago

Just enjoy the magic of lemons and to the ones doing the correcting, I hope they instead spend the effort writing about how energy drink companies are destroying our young :-D Thanks for a great instructable, very thoughtful and health promoting.

kaijura6 months ago

I really like your positive sunny attitude and your energy drinks look delicious! I take lemon in my water daily for that wonderful vitamin c bump and it's refreshing flavor. I must take exception to your promotion of the lemons->alkaline myth. Your article will not suffer from the removal of this rather ludicrous and unscientific statement. Here's a url for a post that does a great job explaining the body's pH balancing mechanism.

tbnorris6 months ago

They all sound very tasty, and better than the super saturated overly sweet sugar water that is the norm in modern culture. I am all for healthier snacks and drinks, and cutting out the sugar in most of these drinks posted here helps reduces a lot of wasted calories we consume.

But I have two points of concern. Neither one adds or removes from the content of the post and please keep up the great work.

First, as hinted at in the posts here by many others, the lemon comment is a very hard thing to swallow. My concern is not the "is it an acid or an alkaline" agrument, I don't care. It is that is actually does not matter either way the whole acid/alkaline diet thing is very dubious, and basically another part of the SCAM (spurious complementary & alternative medicine) movement As posted here by @skylane there is no trusted source that states that this is actually even a thing, just a wiki page one some site of "true believers", the linked peer reviewed journal article is a meta-study that looks at all available studies for proper procedure (something that is well defined in scientific study but not actually followed as much as one might hope) to ensure that real patterns are found across all studies. I have not read/heard anything that was backed up by a properly vetted peer reviewed (meaning by subject matter experts) study that showed that any ingestion either acid or alkaline effects your bodies pH in any way. The human body only works at a VERY narrow band of pH in that if it is outside of this band our organs shutdown and we die very quickly, that makes it our bodies whole purpose to maintain this level. Our stomach creates stronger acid than most anything we eat all day everyday without an effect on this pH balance.

Secondly, this one is very small and board line just nit-picky. The whole 8 glasses a day water common misunderstanding. The study that actually determined this amount literally the next few lines stated that most of this water was obtained by ingestion of solid food, and that any form of liquid also was fine (including coffee and soda), now nutritionally water would be best in cases were a normal amount of calories. Too much water intake actually can be bad for you, you dilute your bloodstream and basically can cause yourself to drowned internally. The best practice, usually, is to actually drink until you are just not thirsty, not a number of cups, unless you might be dehydrated, then you want to just take small sips over a very long time to prevent cramps

A bonus thing, because I don't know the truth of the actual claim, but there is a problem with citing Dr. Oz (not a nutritionist, not YOUR doctor, and a heart surgeon). He has a history of mentioning and supporting fact-lacking 'health" claims that he is actually not an expert in, now a general rule of thumb is if he makes a comment on anything other than general information on preforming heart surgery on TV he is off base, so I would do some searching and find some properly vetted sources before cooking up a steak every morning to get your source for protein.

I love the recipes and will see about trying them out, I really like the lemon and chili idea, sounds super refreshing.

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