Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix is so easy to make and so much better than store bought. Make some and keep it on hand to enjoy anytime! It's totally worth the little bit of effort that it takes to whip this up.
I know that it might be tempting to just buy a bottle of pre-made mix from the store. I get it. It's right there, and it's ready to go. But trust me. With how easy AND how much more delicious this is, you'd be a fool to buy some.
There are no weird preservatives and no overabundance of food coloring. Just 3 simple, fresh ingredients. You really can't beat it.
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
It uses only fresh ingredients. Just fresh fruit juices and some simple syrup here!
It tastes great. That's it. It tastes so good.
You can use it in countless drinks. It has so many uses!
💭 What is Sweet and Sour Mix?
Sweet and sour mix (sometimes just called sour mix) is, at its most basic, a roughly equal mixture of lemon and/or lime juices and simple syrup. It's used to sweeten cocktails (and mocktails) and give them a little bit of tangy zip.
You've probably seen pre-made bottled sour mix at the liquor store or in a bar. It's bright green in color. This version is nothing like that.
DIY Sour Mix is made with fresh ingredients (just simple syrup and some fresh juices) and tastes SO much better than the pre-made stuff. No weird preservatives or strange ingredients here.
You only need THREE ingredients to make this sweet and sour mix at home.
- Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed, please.
- Lime juice: Again, freshly squeezed.
- Simple syrup: It's so easy to make your own at home. Just follow my recipe!
🔀 Substitutions or variations
- Make it more or less sweet. If you want a sweeter mix, use more simple syrup. Want it more tart? Use less simple syrup (or more citrus).
- Change the ratio of lemon to lime juice. You can tinker with the amounts of lemon and lime juice if you prefer more of one over the other. Keep the overall amount of juice the same.
👩🏻🍳 How to make Sour Mix
Just like it says above: this mix is super easy to make. This recipe involves very few, very easy steps. First, you'll start out by making a simple syrup. We've done this before. It's, well, simple.
Next, you'll squeeze some (okay, a lot of) fresh citrus. Lemons and limes, to be exact. You can do it by hand if you want, but I've found that this little citrus squeezer makes the job a lot easier.
Next, stir the fresh squeezed juice into the cooled simple syrup and boom. You're done. Stash it in the fridge and break it out whenever you feel like whipping up a cocktail.
If you zest your lemons before juicing them, you can make sous vide limoncello, too!
🛠️ How to use homemade sweet and sour mix
Homemade Sour Mix can be used in many different cocktails. A few of them are shown below. Click any of the photos below to be taken to the recipes!
🥃 More home bar basics
If you want to up your home bar cred even further, check out the recipes below.
Sour mix (sometimes also called sweet and sour mix) is a mixture of sugar, water, and fresh citrus juices. It gives drinks a sweet and tangy flavor. Sour mix can be purchased in the store, pre-bottled, or made at home.
Yes. For the best results, please use freshly squeezed lemon and lime juices.
Store it in the fridge in an airtight container.
Because it uses fresh ingredients. It tastes better. And there are no weird preservatives or other ingredients that you can't even pronounce.
If kept in the fridge in an airtight container, it should be good for about 2-3 weeks. You an also freeze it!
Yes! I've made a big batch and frozen it several times now. I put the sour mix into these Souper Cubes, freeze until solid, and then transfer them to a freezer safe zip top bag. Just thaw it out when you're ready to use it and give it a shake.
Sure. If you don't want a whole bottle of sour mix, you can make a smaller amount. Just divide the amounts of the ingredients equally.
Sort of. Margarita mix is usually made with lime juice only. Plus all the preservatives and stabilizers and whatnot.
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Sweet and Sour Mix
- 1 cup simple syrup
- 1 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
- ¾ cups lime juice freshly squeezed
- Combine the simple syrup and freshly squeezed juices in an airtight container.
- Store in the refrigerator.
- Freshly squeezed juices will give you the best results
- This sour mix freezes and thaws well
- You can make a bigger or smaller batch; just either multiply the amounts of each ingredient equally (for a bigger batch) or divide them equally (for a smaller batch)
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.