Simple Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix Recipe

August 27, 2018 (Last Updated: August 14, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Level up your craft cocktail game with this Simple Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix Recipe. This lemon-lime flavor bomb is perfect for so many classic cocktails.

Jar of Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix with two lemons and some limes showing in the background

We need to take a timeout from our Apple Pie series to make a homemade Sweet and Sour mix. Why? Well, we have a very relevant apple recipe that requires a sweet and sour mix recipe. We are also going to start a few ongoing series of cocktail and recipe fundamentals that may span multiple categories. For example, we previously made DIY sugar cubes as part of our Old Fashioned Series. Well, this sweet and sour mix recipe can really be used in many different places. So, get your cocktail hats on and get ready to make a homemade Sweet and Sour Mix Recipe!

What Are We Making The Sweet and Sour Mix For?

I am not telling yet, but you can rest assured that it relates to an upcoming apple recipe. Check back with the series page or subscribe via email to get the latest haps on Ramshackle Pantry. It will be for a drink that needs a sweet and sour mix. What better way to make a great craft cocktail than to make a homemade sweet and sour mix for that drink?

What Drinks Are the Sour Mix Good In?

Really, pretty much any booze that has a sour drink. Whiskey sour, amaretto sour, or pisco sour are all great drinks that a sweet and sour mix can be used for. If I were to make these, I think my preference would be to go straight for the sugar, lemon, and/or lime, but making a premix of sweet and sour can really make a beautiful and fun drink!

What Is Sour Mix Made Of?

Do you know what simple syrup is? It is that, plus lemon and lime. If you do not know what simple syrup is, it is a one to one mixture of sugar and water that has been heated up enough to fully incorporate with each other. I never bring this to a boil, as I do not want my 1:1 ratio to be messed up, but just warm enough to make sure no solid sugar remains.

How Long Can I Keep This Mix and How Do I Store it?

Keep this in the fridge and it should last for a month, as long as it is stored properly.

pouring water into pan to make sweet and sour mix

squeezing lemon into sweet and sour mix

corner angle of sour mix

Products I Used In This Recipe

  1. Hand Juicer
  2. Saucepan
  3. Mason Jars

Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix Recipe

Jar of Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix with two lemons and some limes showing in the background

A great sweet and sour mix is a great addition to any home bartender’s arsenal. Make some spectacular drinks and cocktails with this homemade sweet and sour mix recipe!

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 20 Ounces 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (approximately 4 lemons)
  • 3/4 cup lime juice (approximately 6 limes)


  1. Add water and sugar to a saucepan and put on medium heat
  2. As soon as sugar is fully dissolved into water, remove from heat
  3. Place fine strainer above the pan and squeeze fruit into.
  4. Mix
  5. Place into a secure container and save up to 1 month in the refrigerator

Keywords: sweet and sour mix

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  • Reply
    September 3, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    I hadn’t even thought of making my own sweet and sour mix! I eat low carb, but I’ll just change out the sweetener and be good to go! Yum!

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    November 12, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I can think of so many thing s to use this for! But I can’t wait to see what you’ve really made this for 🙂

  • Reply
    November 12, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I love how easy this is to make! Never will i buy store bought again Homemade all the way!

  • Reply
    November 12, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I love making my own mixes so I have control of the ingredients. It is going to be interesting to see how you use this recipe with apples!

  • Reply
    November 12, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    A recipe I never thought of making. What a great idea to try.

  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Ben, thanks! Very tasty mix turned out. Very cool photos!

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    Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
    May 16, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    This would be so great to have on hand for summer cocktails! So simple and so many uses, and way more affordable than buying it!

  • Reply
    May 19, 2019 at 6:34 am

    THIS RECIPE IS AWESOME! My husband has been buying that gross electric yellow crap from the store for years, and it never tasted that good but we couldn’t find a good replacement. This recipe was so easy and tastes great! We will never buy from the store again!

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      May 19, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Awesome! So much better than the store-bought stuff. SO much better.

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    Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen
    May 20, 2019 at 9:14 am

    What a great mixer – I can think of so many uses for it, look forward to seeing what you make!

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