DIY Lemon Electrolyte Drink

By TWS resident Nutritionist Quincey Cummings

When the dreaded Mal de Mer takes hold on passage, it is critical for the seasick crew to stay hydrated. Plain water is good, but if fluids are lost it’s important to replace electrolytes as well. This DIY mix is inexpensive, easy to make, and stores well in the fridge for one week.

Lemon electrolyte drink


32 ounce mason jar (or equivalent size vessel)

2.5 cups (about 20oz) drinking water

Juice of 1 lemon, or 2 small limes

½ teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan pink salt

1-2 teaspoon raw honey


  1. Mix all ingredients in your jar. The honey may take some time to dissolve.

  2. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

  3. Invert the jar or mix well before serving, as mineral salts may settle to the bottom over time.

Makes about 3 8oz (230ml) servings. Drink as needed.

Ingredients for a DIY Lemon Electrolyte Drink

Use this DIY Electrolyte drink in place of Gatorade, or other mass-produced sports drinks that are often loaded with sugar, unnecessary food coloring, and packaged in plastic bottles. Lemon juice provides vitamin C, a necessary nutrient for reducing seasickness symptoms. Sea salt and Himalayan pink salt provide many trace minerals the body needs to function, which are lost through sweat or illness. Honey adds a pleasant taste and also provides quick energy for the body to use.

Take this refreshing beverage with you on your next hike, or enjoy it after a work-out to replace lost salts from sweating and boost energy levels.

​Quincey Cummings​

Quincey is a holistic nutritionist and co-captain aboard her Kelly Peterson 46, Esprit. She spent much of her childhood in Southeast Asia and she's had the great fortune to travel to many countries. Her culinary tastes reflect a fusion of worldly cuisines. She holds a degree in Nutrition and Human Development and is a certified Nutritionist. She delights in sharing two of her greatest passions; sailing and great food! Her desire is to inspire other cruisers to nourish themselves every day with delicious meals they can create in small, moving spaces.

Together with her partner they liveaboard and cruise the Southern California coast and the Channel Islands, with plans to venture further south and into the Trade Winds.

You can find more delicious, cruising-friendly recipes on her Galley Blog


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