This one’s for all the Haters.
This drink brings me back to my elementary school days. A dear friend of mine (who remains a dear friend) used to have the most peculiar habit of spiking her orange juice with salt. I called it – imagine my creativity – Salt Juice. And I would laugh and tease and generally make a big deal out of her having this salty juice, cause clearly I just wanted something sweet. But man, was she ahead of her time.
You see, this was all during my tenure on the swim team (The Flying Fish! Lol). And while I’m pretty sure I just wanted to hang out with my friends and eat oranges after a swim meet, she was a serious competitor. This salty juice was actually a kind of secret weapon – an ingenious and always-available Gatorade.
Now if you’re like me, you probably don’t really have the need for Gatorade except for mornings after nights that you don’t remember everything from. Many a cottage weekend shopping trip includes a case of Gatorade or Powerade, depending on who picks it up (brand loyalty runs deep). But I HATE both, a lot. Especially the blue or purple ones. Ugh, disgusting. Normally I try to not engage in food shaming, but since they’re just weird electric flat-sugar waters from huge corporations, I choose to rant. I’m the Hater.
But the electrolytes! I think I need them. I at least need the placebo effect they can offer to me.
Instead of boring you with the science of things I don’t quite understand, here’s the solution: make your own citrusy, lightly sweet water with a bit of high quality salt added to it. I added orange juice to mine to honour the original Salt Juice.
If you think it’s too weird to drink something with salt added I challenge you to:
a) Read the label off of some of your favourite store bought drinks;
b) Consider that it’s basically like a margarita. Only one that cures you.
Bring on the Hate.
Makes 1 drink
Inspired by Lemon-Ginger Electrolyte Drink
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
Large pinch sea salt (or fancy Celtic salt, Himalayan salt etc. Try not for plain table salt, but it’ll do in a pinch)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 large orange, juiced)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup coconut water, or water (go for tap water, no worries)
1. Dissolve salt into honey or maple syrup.
I use a touch of recently boiled water to help the process along, but just stirring for a bit will also work.
2. Stir in orange juice and lime juice.
Make sure juices are combined with honey or maple syrup.
3. Top with coconut water, or tap water, and fill glass with ice.
4. Enjoy the delicious, sweet/sour taste, and the magical hydrating powers*.
*Results may vary, but trust me, it tastes really good.