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homemade sweet and sour mix (for cocktails)

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Vicki Butts (lazyme)
Grapeview, WA

Summer is almost here and I'm looking forward to some fun summery drinks. I'm not getting to the grocery store as often as I used to because of the Covid virus, so decided to try some homemade versions of sweet and sour mix. I tried 3-4 different recipes and although they all use the same ingredients, I found that there was a different taste with each one because they all used different proportions of the same 4 ingredients. I played around and came up with this one that I like the most. It's simple.....and cheap......makes a smaller amount, and you don't need to run to the store!

(2 ratings)
yield 1 cup
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For homemade sweet and sour mix (for cocktails)

  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
    fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 c
    fresh lemon juice

How To Make homemade sweet and sour mix (for cocktails)

  • 1
    Make a simple syrup with the sugar and water. Simmer them together over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  • 2
    Let the mixture come to room temperature.
  • 3
    Add the lemon and lime juices.
  • 4
    Pour into a container (I used a cleaned Prego jar).
  • 5
    Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks or freeze for about a month (or maybe longer. Mine was only frozen for about a month before I used it all).
  • 6
    NOTES: You can use bottled lemon and lime juices instead of fresh......but the taste is fresher and better with fresh.
  • 7
    VARIATION: Margarita mix usually leaves out the lemon juice for a lime based sour mix. So you can make this without the lemon juice as a substitute for margarita mix. Based on personal may want to add more lime juice to get a stronger flavor.

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