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Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix

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homemade sweet and sour mix recipe

I am not much of a drinker these days. I will indulge in a cold beer every once in awhile or a glass of wine, but as far as cocktails go, I usually say no. You see, my hangovers have become disproportionate to the amount that I drink. A two-cocktail-evening seems to translate to a two day hangover. No fun when you have responsibilities and cannot sleep until noon and then wake up and get french fries (those were the days, no?). It is a completely different beast when you have 3 little people that need to be fed upon opening their eyes. Not fair is it? So when we are out and I want a mixed drink I usually order a Vodka Collins (thank you Sarah L. for introducing me to this little number). It is fruity and refreshing without being over sweet. And these days I only order one.

I was leafing through my good ol’ Martha Stewart Living the other day and came across a recipe for homemade sweet and sour mix and knew that a fresh version would be far superior to the bar mix that you get in the mixer section of the grocery store. I was absolutely right. I made these for a little get together the other night (remember how I told you that I bribe people to come over and talk to me? Drinks help.)  I had these all ready so when my peeps walked through the door after a nail-biting 4 year soccer game, it was game on. I got the thumbs up from my guests and will never buy mediocre sweet and sour mix again.

homemade sweet and sour mix recipe

2/3 cup superfine or bartenders sugar (If you do not have this, give regular old sugar a whirl in the food processor, it dissolves much easier.)
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
2/3 cup lime juice (about 12 limes)
6 Tablespoons fresh orange juice

**This makes 2 cups of sweet and sour mix**

homemade sweet and sour mix recipe

Squeeze all of your juices.

homemade sweet and sour mix recipe

Pour them all in a bowl and whisk until dissolved. Done. Ready for cocktail time? I feel like Sandra Lee.

homemade sweet and sour mix recipe

I like my Vodka Collins in a tall glass with lots of ice. Pour in some vodka, a good splosh, and pour over the sweet and sour mix. Give a stir and garnish with a lime slice.

homemade sweet and sour mix

Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix

Yield: 3 cups

Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix - Better than the bottle, homemade sweet and sour mix is my choice when I want a Tom Collins.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup superfine or bartenders sugar (If you do not have this, give regular old sugar a whirl in the food processor, it dissolves much easier.)
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 2/3 cup lime juice (about 12 limes)
  • 6 Tablespoons fresh orange juice

Instructions

  1. Squeeze all of your juices.
  2. Pour them all in a bowl and whisk until dissolved. Done. Ready for cocktail time? I feel like Sandra Lee.
  3. I like my Vodka Collins in a tall glass with lots of ice. Pour in some vodka, a good splosh, and pour over the sweet and sour mix. Give a stir and garnish with a lime slice.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Kyle Cordle

Thursday 14th of July 2016

I prefer homemade for many reasons. 1. Store bought uses controversial artificial colors. 2. Contains too much syrup. 3. Is overly processed. 4. Contains sodium benzoate/benzoic acid 5. And last but not least, your recipe tastes much better!

I use it in a cocktail called dirty bong water. It's 1oz. Blue curacao, 1 oz. Chambord raspberry liqueur, 1 oz. Spiced rum, 1 oz. Amaretto, and 1 oz. Sweet & Sour cocktail mix. It doesn't look very tasty (hence the name) but tastes delicious. Thanks for the recipe, I love the additional orange juice

Beatriz B

Wednesday 10th of July 2013

Hi! How long do you think this would last in the fridge? Thanks for the recipe!

bakedbree

Monday 22nd of July 2013

a few days.

Veikko

Saturday 4th of August 2012

This recepie looks great! I'm going to try it in my blue hawaiian punch for the annual tiki party.

bakedbree

Monday 6th of August 2012

Sounds like a fun party!

Ian

Friday 22nd of April 2011

I just discovered your site yesterday and am already planning dinners weeks in advance. Your use of quality ingredients, keeping things fresh but still comfortable and familiar, will have me raising a glass of one of these delicious concoctions toward your general vicinity by 7:00 p.m. PST. Cheers to you, and I can't wait to investigate some of these recipes in the NEAR future. Thank you for sharing!

bakedbree

Sunday 24th of April 2011

Thank you Ian! I am so glad that you like the site. Welcome.

Andrew

Saturday 29th of January 2011

this is so much less expensive. and more ingrediance than most but still have orange juice around the house. awsome, my mom used to keep cerial and pop tarts around for us sop she could wake up late though, it works out

bakedbree

Saturday 29th of January 2011

it takes so much better than the bottled mix. It is so fresh tasting.

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