I'm telling you, sour mix is so easy to make at home. 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 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 Homemade Sour Mix?
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).
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.
- 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 Homemade Sour Mix
Just like it says above: this mix is super easy to make. This recipe involves very few, very easy steps. 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. 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!
I've found that the quantity of sour mix made with this recipe fits perfectly in a quart mason jar.
🛠️ 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.
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.
I'd love to know what you thought of this recipe! Don't forget to leave a comment and ⭐️ star rating below!
Homemade 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
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.