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Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix

homemade sweet and sour mix recipeI 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 recipe2/3 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 recipeSqueeze all of your juices.

homemade sweet and sour mix recipePour them all in a bowl and whisk until dissolved.  Done.  Ready for cocktail time?  I feel like Sandra Lee.

homemade sweet and sour mix recipeI 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.

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Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix


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.

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  1. Crystal

    August 26th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I had to laugh at your post because I thought I was the only one who had such long-lasting effects after a night of drinking (like you said, only a drink or two). It only seems to get worse as I get older. Anyway, I will have to give this drink a try – it sounds and looks good! Thanks 🙂

  2. bakedbree

    August 26th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    It is horrible!! It does get worse as I get older. I just can’t seem to hang anymore.

  3. Emily @ The Happy Home

    August 26th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    yum!
    we found a half-way decent store bought sour mix a while ago, but this just sounds like a much better idea– and somewhat less expensive, given that seasonal citrus is SO cheap! sounds so good!
    do you top your collinses with soda?

  4. bakedbree

    August 26th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    It was so good. I did not top mine with seltzer but I should have. I like bubbles.

  5. Dangler

    August 28th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    The soda topper would have been divine with this little numba! And, since the table was sans tablescape (possible themes: bumblebee soccer, seafood, Ina Garten) I can hardly call you out on Sandra Lee action. Totally a delish and refreshing little drinky!

  6. bakedbree

    August 29th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Yes it would, I totes forgot!

  7. Andrew

    January 29th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    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

  8. bakedbree

    January 29th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

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

  9. Ian

    April 22nd, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    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!

  10. bakedbree

    April 24th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

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

  11. Veikko

    August 4th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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

  12. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Sounds like a fun party!

  13. Beatriz B

    July 10th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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

  14. bakedbree

    July 22nd, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    a few days.

  15. Kyle Cordle

    July 14th, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    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

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