How to Make Sour Mix ~ A simple combination of freshly squeezed lemons and simple syrup for all your home entertaining cocktail needs.For years, when making cocktails or mocktails and needed sweet and sour mix, I simply purchased a pre-made one at the store. That humongous jug lived in the door of my refrigerator forever. It was nice having it on hand when I needed it, but I hated the space it took up.
I most often used the mix for Margaritas and Long Island Iced Teas. Then the whiskey sour entered my life. I wanted to make the cocktail at home. And wouldn’t you know it, there was no sour mix in fridge. I guess I finally got through that massive jug.
I could have ran to the store to buy a new jug or I could do as a friend suggested and just make my own. So I made my own. He gave me his basic recipe of 1:1 simple syrup and fresh squeezed lemon juice.
There are plenty of how to make sour mix recipes out there, some with just lemons, some with lemon and limes, and other with a myriad of citrus. I’ll get around to making each version because each has their benefits in cocktails.
As you can see, I made a pretty big bottle of sour mix (but not nearly as big as that ole jug). If sealed, it lasts several weeks in the fridge. I figured if I am squeezing lemons, I might as well squeeze some lemons.
Ironically, I mentioned above I used the sour mix in the jug for margaritas and Long Islands, but yet since making my own mix, I’ve only used it in my Whiskey Sour. If whiskey isn’t your thing or you simply want other ideas on how to use this up, here are a few other recipes you can use the mix in:
Lemon Drop Martini from Homemade Hooplah
Raspberry Margarita from Or Whatever You Do
Amaretto Sour from Real Housemoms
Sweet and Sour Cherry Sparkler from The Kitchn
How to Make Sour Mix
- 12 oz simple syrup
- 12 oz fresh lemon juice
In a large, clean bottle or jug, add the simple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice together, mix well, seal, and store in the refrigerator.
Any amount can be made, just keep your ratios 1:1;
1 tbsp simple syrup to 1 tbsp sour mix;
1 cup simple syrup to 1 cup sour mix;
1 gallon simple syrup to 1 gallon sour mix.