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I love the flavor of crystal light, but it is expensive, and I don't like the artificial sweeteners. I don't think I would mind the drink without the sweeteners, and would like to try to make my own.

I've googled and googled, but I cannot find any talk about what is actually in crystal light or any of the other drink mixes, or how to make your own.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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I just mixed 1/2 tsp of citric acid, 1 tbls of Xylitol and two cups of water to produce something very similar in taste without the strong aftertaste of aspartame –  Malfist Sep 3 '11 at 21:01
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Get used to the taste of water. It's the cheapest solution. –  chrisjlee Sep 4 '11 at 0:28
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I typically drink either water or tea, and have no problem with it. I just like to mix things up every now and again. –  Malfist Sep 4 '11 at 2:38
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Why does it have to be a powder? It is much easier to cook a sweet concentrated syrup from fruit and sugar, keep it in the fridge, and dilute it for drinks. –  rumtscho Sep 11 '11 at 12:06

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From Asian supply shops you can often find small packets of powdered fruits. Check the packet but many are made from actual fruit!

I have seen Apple, Cherry, Coconut, Lime, Mango, Pomegranate, Strawberry etc.

Google for powdered fruit and you'll find a variety of online sources

My favourite is Lime powder (99% Lime, made in Malaysia)

Add Aloe Vera powder to make a thickened drink

Add Arrowroot or instant custard powder to make a cloudy "juice"

Add Ascorbic acid powder (Vit. C) as a preservative (be careful not to exceed RDI)

Add Citric acid to make it more citrus like

Add sugar (real or fake) to bulk it out so a simple measure (e.g. one tea spoon) makes a glass of drink

Experiment with the quantities, but you don't need much of anything to get an effective result

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Perfect, powdered fruit was what I was looking for! Can you recommend any websites in specific, or do you always buy local? (I don't have an asian shop that I know of locally) –  Malfist Sep 4 '11 at 4:31
    
@Malfist A quick Google for "powdered fruit natural" yields plenty. The somewhat acidic fruits seem to have the strongest flavours, but it looks like you can even get Banana in the USA? –  TFD Sep 4 '11 at 6:16

Kool-Aid, which goes on sale for as low as $0.10 a packet, makes an inexpensive base for home brew drink mixes. To get something drinkable by non-kids, you have to cut the sugar to about 1/4 cup per 2 quarts liquid, or you can mix with Stevia instead. A little citric acid will give the stuff more of a kick, while adding a little KCl/NaCl stock solution yields a nice Gatorade substitute at about $0.08 a bottle.

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