Sweet and Sour Mix is a must to have on hand for all of your favorite cocktails. This homemade sweet and sour mix will take your cocktails to the next level. It’s super easy to make and way better than buying a Sour Mix to have on hand. Make sure you have for all of your favorite mixed drinks!
We love using this sour mix in our favorite homemade Margaritas that you can make buy the glass or a pitcher! I love making them by the pitcher and inviting my friends over to enjoy them with me!
Did you know you can make your own Sweet and Sour Mix with just four ingredients? We used to buy it when we wanted to make margaritas and other cocktails at home, but once I learned how to make it we always make it from scratch now!
Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix tastes so much better and is made with fresh ingredients, unlike store-bought which also has a bunch of ingredients I usually can’t pronounce!
Sweet and Sour Mix is used to add citrus flavor to drinks and cocktails. It doesn’t have any alcohol in it so you can also use it to make your favorite mocktails, too! We use it all the time for margaritas but you can also use it in lots of other cocktails, too.
If you like to make cocktails at home like we do, Sweet and Sour Mix is one of those bar ingredients that you will use a lot so it’s great to know how to make it from scratch. We use it to make our margaritas all the time and it makes a big difference in the flavor! Drinks and cocktails taste so much fresher when you make it yourself. And the good news? It’s so easy to make! Plus, you can make a big batch of it so you have it on hand when it’s time for happy hour!
Sweet and Sour Mix Ingredients
You only need four ingredients!
For the full recipe including full instructions and ingredients please scroll to the recipe box at the end of the post.
- granulated sugar
- fresh lime juice
- fresh lemon juice
How to Make Sweet and Sour Mix
First, you make a simple syrup by combining the water and sugar in a saucepan. Simmer them together until the sugar is fully dissolved. Transfer the simple syrup to a container and let it cool to room temperature.
Once the simple syrup is cooled, add the lime juice and lemon juice.
This recipe makes approximately three cups of Sweet and Sour Mix. Use it right away or you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two to three weeks. That way, when it’s margarita-time you already have it ready to go!
Sweet and Sour Mix FAQs!
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to our homemade sweet and sour mix! If you have any additional questions please comment below and we will do our best to answer them!
How long does Sweet and Sour Mix last?
Sweet and Sour Mix will last two to three weeks in the refrigerator. Just be sure to keep it in an airtight container. You can also freezer your mix for up to a month in the freezer!
Is Margarita Mix and Sweet and Sour Mix the same?
It depends, but yes the margarita mix you can buy at the store is very similar to Sweet and Sour Mix, but store-bought margarita mix usually has a lot of weird ingredients to make it shelf stable and it’s not always made with fresh lemon and lime juice.
What do you use Sour Mix in?
You can use sour mix in all kinds of cocktails! Daquiris, whiskey sours, and long island teas are just a few of the drinks that often have sour mix. You can also use it to make amaretto sour drinks and different kinds of martinis like apple martinis! Of course, our favorite way to use Sweet and Sour Mix is in margaritas!
Another great way to use Sweet and Sour Mix is in place of lemon-lime soda in your favorite drinks. Just mix the Sweet and Sour Mix with club soda and it’s like making homemade lemon-lime soda!
How should I store Sweet and Sour Mix?
Homemade sour mix should be bottled in a well-sealed container and stored in the refrigerator. It will have a shelf life of 2 to 3 weeks or for up to a month in the freezer.
Can I use bottled citrus juices?
The best sour mix uses fresh citrus juice. This adds to the natural taste and many bottled lime and lemon juices are already sweetened. If you use one that is, you might want to reduce the sugar slightly.
Use your Sweet and Sour Mix in:
- Tom Collins
- Amaretto Sours
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Whiskey Sour
There are so many ways to use this Sweet and Sour Mix! We’ll be making batches of it all summer for our favorite margaritas and cocktails. Trust me, when you see how easy it is to make you’ll never go back to store-bought again!
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Sweet and Sour Mix Recipe
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- In a saucepan simmer water and granulated sugar over medium heat until it is fully dissolved.
- Pour it into a jar and let it come to room temperature.
- Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup lime juice.
- Store it in a sealed container for 2-3 weeks in the fridge or for up to a month in the freezer.