Hydrating Drinks to Make at Home: Refreshing Recipes

Hydrating Drinks to Make at Home: 5 Refreshing Recipes

Become a DIY thirst-quencher, craft natural hydration drinks, and ditch store-bought options. Discover how these recipes promote electrolyte balance for optimal hydration.

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By Tracy Little
Lucia Gcingca
Edited by Lucia Gcingca

Updated March 25, 2024.

A woman in a white shirt is making a natural hydration drink

Ever open the fridge only to stare blankly at the same old juices and bottled water? We've all been there. But what if there was a way to break the beverage rut and create something fascinating in your kitchen?

With just a few ingredients and a dash of creativity, you can craft unique and natural drinks to improve your hydration. From zesty fruit infusions to calming herbal concoctions, the possibilities are endless. So, let's explore some easy and delicious recipes that will have your taste buds singing.

Why Make Natural Hydrating Drinks?

You can craft hydrating homemade beverages using fresh and simple ingredients you can control, such as cucumbers, watermelons, and strawberries. Plus, you can experiment and customize them to suit your taste and nutritional needs.

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Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential for our overall health and well-being. That's why prioritizing optimal hydration in your daily routine is paramount. Water is the primary component of our cells and plays a vital role in:

  • Lubricating joints
  • Transporting nutrients
  • Flushing out toxins
  • Supporting organ function
  • Regulating body temperature
  • Enhancing athletic performance
  • Promoting digestion
  • Maintaining healthy skin
  • Keeping your body functioning optimally

Note: Our performance and cognitive function can suffer when we become dehydrated. We may experience fatigue, dizziness, poor concentration, and even muscle cramps.

1. Cucumber-Mint Infused Water

Two mason jars filled with water that contains cucumbers and mint leaves: Natural Hydration Drinks

Refreshing and hydrating, this drink is a summer favorite. Cucumbers are about 96% water and contain essential vitamins and minerals, while mint adds a refreshing twist. It's a perfect drink for hot days, providing a burst of hydration and a soothing flavor. Plus, it's practically calorie-free and easy to make.


  • One large cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • One liter (4 cups) of water
  • Ice cubes (optional)


  1. Slice fresh cucumbers and add them to a pitcher.
  2. Add a handful of fresh mint leaves.
  3. Pour the water over the ingredients and stir gently.
  4. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or longer for a more robust flavor.

2. Watermelon-Lime Electrolyte Cooler

Two glasses of watermelon lime juice in mason jars, on a wooden table - Natural Hydration Drinks

This hydrating, electrolyte-rich beverage is perfect after a vigorous workout or a day spent under the sun. Watermelon is delicious and a great source of hydration, as it contains about 92% water. Lime adds a tangy twist, while the sea salt replenishes essential electrolytes lost through sweat.


  • Two cups cubed seedless watermelon, frozen
  • Half a cup of fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine the frozen watermelon, lime juice, coconut water, and sea salt in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

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3. Green Tea Berry Splash

A pitcher of liquid pouring into a glass filled with strawberries

For a hydrating and antioxidant-rich beverage, infuse green tea with fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

Green tea provides hydration and a dose of antioxidants, while the berries offer a burst of natural sweetness and additional health benefits. This drink is perfect for a morning pick-me-up, as it hydrates and energizes you.


  • Two green tea bags
  • One cup boiling water
  • Half a cup of mixed berries (fresh or frozen)


  1. Steep the green tea bags into boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the bags and let them cool slightly.
  2. Combine the cooled green tea, berries, and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Strain the mixture into a pitcher or serving glasses.

4. Coconut Water Refresher

A table with coconuts and two mason jars of coconut water - Natural Hydration Drinks

Coconut water is nature's electrolyte-rich gift, making it a perfect choice for hydration. Opt for fresh if available; otherwise, look for brands that don't contain added sugars or artificial additives. It also provides essential minerals like potassium, making it an excellent post-workout option.


  • One cup chilled coconut water
  • Half a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (or other citrus juice like grapefruit or pineapple)
  • A quarter of a cup of chopped fresh ginger
  • A few sprigs of fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine the coconut water, orange juice, and chopped ginger in a pitcher.
  2. Stir well to combine and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.
  3. Strain the mixture into glasses filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

5. Pineapple-Mint Splash

Three glasses of pineapple infused drink on a wooden chopping board with mint sprigs - Natural Hydration Drinks

Combining pineapple's tropical sweetness with mint's refreshing flavor, this beverage is a hydrating delight. It hydrates and provides essential nutrients like vitamin C while adding a refreshing kick to the overall flavor profile.


  • One cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • A quarter of a cup of fresh mint leaves
  • Half a cup of water


  1. Combine the chopped pineapple, mint leaves, water, and lime juice in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and well combined.
  3. Strain the mixture into a pitcher or serving glasses.

Natural Hydrating DIY Drinks: Essential Tips

  • Look for beverages with high water content. Drinks like infused water, herbal teas, and coconut water are excellent choices for hydration.
  • Avoid excessive added sugars and artificial additives. 
  • Prioritize natural ingredients and minimal processing. Honey or fresh fruits add a touch of sweetness and a boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Be cautious of store-bought fruit juices. They often contain added sugars that can negatively impact your health. Instead, squeeze your fresh fruits and infuse water with their flavors.
  • Read the labels of any packaged ingredients you use. Ensure they don't contain artificial additives, preservatives, or excessive sodium.

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Beyond the Fridge: Dive into a World of Refreshing Homemade Drinks

Electrolytes are minerals like sodium, potassium, and magnesium that help maintain proper fluid balance in our bodies. Drinks that contain these electrolytes, such as sports drinks or homemade electrolyte solutions, can be beneficial, especially after intense workouts or in hot weather.

Note: Adding electrolyte drops, like MAYU Minerals I Electrolyte Drops, into your homemade hydration drinks is hassle-free and ensures you get the essential electrolytes your body needs. It's an effective way to support hydration, prevent muscle cramps, and enhance overall well-being.

DIY Natural Hydration Drinks with Electrolyte Boost

Embracing whole, natural ingredients and exploring diverse fruit, herb, and spice combinations helps you craft delicious, refreshing, healthy, and hydrating homemade beverages. You can also elevate your hydration experience by adding electrolyte drops to your water or any delicious DIY hydrating drink.

MAYU Minerals I Electrolyte Drops can significantly improve your overall hydration and offer a simple solution to improve your overall health, So cheers to a well-hydrated and vibrant lifestyle.