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Sweet and Sour Mix

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Posted: 05/05/21

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When life gives you lemons, grab some limes and whip up a batch of this homemade sweet and sour mix! A staple for any bar and the perfect complement to your favorite cocktails (hello, margaritas!), this homemade recipe has just three ingredients and is so easy to make. Take your cocktails to a whole new level of refreshing!

jar of homemade sweet and sour mix with lemons and limes

While you can buy sweet and sour mix at the store, it often comes with extra preservatives and artificial flavors that aren’t needed for a yummy cocktail. Making it yourself will make your cocktails taste fresher and with just a few simple, inexpensive ingredients, saves you money. With only twenty minutes of your time, it would be silly NOT to make your own!

What is Sweet and Sour Mix

This is basically a lemon-lime simple syrup, combining sugar and water with lime and lemon juice. It will perk up many of your favorite cocktails, especially margaritas, and can be made in minutes. Try it with this Amaretto Sour, Midori Sour or this fruity Tropical Margarita Sangria.

jar of homemade sweet and sour mix with lemons and limes

Sweet and Sour Mix Recipe

Grab some lemons, limes, sugar, and water, and you are ready to go! Fresh is best when it comes to any cocktail, so we recommend using juice from about 7 fresh limes and 2 lemons. Simmer one cup of sugar and two cups of water over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved completely. Then add 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup fresh lime juice and it’s ready to go!

jar of homemade sweet and sour mix with lemons and limes

How to Make Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix

  • Start with a cup of granulated sugar.
  • Add 2 cups of water and simmer over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Next, add half a cup each of fresh lemon and lime juice. You’ll need about seven plump lemons and limes. Hint: microwave your fruit for about ten seconds and then roll on the counter with your hand to get those juices flowing.
  • Your Sweet and Sour Mix is now ready! You can store it in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week, or even longer in the freezer.

Drinks That Use This Mix

jar of homemade sweet and sour mix with lemons and limes
jar of homemade sweet and sour mix with lemons and limes
4.5 from 2 votes

Sweet and Sour Mix

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
This Sweet and Sour Mix is easy to make, just three ingredients, and keeps in your refrigerator for a month! You can always have some on hand to make the best margaritas!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice about 7 limes
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice about 2 lemons

Instructions

  • Simmer 2 cups of water and 1 cup of 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 a week or for up to a month in the freezer.
Course: Drinks
jar of homemade sweet and sour mix with lemons and limes

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Lisa Longley has been creating great recipes for more than a decade. While it is too hard for her to pick her favorite cocktail, she is known to love our dirty martini.

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  1. Pat says

    4 stars
    yOUR DESCRIPTION above the recipe states 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water, while the recipe states the opposite. Which one is right?

    • Nathan Longley says

      The recipe, fixed the description, thanks!

  2. ReNee says

    Your descrip indicates 7 limes
    2 limes.
    Shouldnt one be lemons

    • Nathan Longley says

      Yeah! Mistype, it is fixed now. Thank you!

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