Sweet and Sour Mix

Many cocktails call for a sweet and sour mix, or as it may be known’ sour’ or ‘sour mix’.  I’ve put a few variations of the mix recipe here — two are “no heat” versions, and one needs a 5 minute boil.  All the recipes are simple to do.

Lime

Sweet and Sour Mix

Variation 1

3 cups granulated sugar
3 cups water
2 cups lemon juice
2 cups lime juice

(or 4 cups lemon, or 4 cups lime)

Combine the water and sugar into a large sauce pan.  Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.  Bring to a boil, and then boil for 5 minutes.  Cool.  Add in the lemon & lime juices.  Stir to mix and then refrigerate.  This can be kept for about a week in the refrigerator.

Variation 2

1 Cup lemon juice
1 Cup lime Juice
1 cup confectioners sugar (aka caster sugar or icing sugar – 10x sugar)

Mix together well, and allow to sit for 4-24 hours.  Stir occasionally, making sure the sugar is dissolved.

Variation 3

2 cups lemon or 2 cups lime juice
1 cup confectioners sugar (aka caster sugar or icing sugar – 10x sugar)

Mix together well, and allow to sit for 4-24 hours.  Stir occasionally, making sure the sugar is dissolved.

Notes:

  • To get the most juice out of lemons and limes, roll them around on the counter, using medium pressure, to break the cells holding the juice.
  • Using only lemon juice is more akin to a sour mix for say, whiskey sour
  • Using only Lime juice is perfect for Margaritas
  • Using a mix of lemon and lime, works for just about everything you’d need a sour mix for.
  • In the US, Sour mix is used quite a lot.  However, in Europe, sour mix is usually left out of drink mixes, being substituted for Lime Cordial, or lemon/lime juice.