Homemade Sour Mix

3 cups
10 min

It’s so easy to make your own Homemade Sour Mix. The fresh taste takes your cocktails to the next level, and you’ll never go back to those bottles full of artificial flavors and chemicals.

Besides not tasting great, have you ever read the ingredient list on the typical bottle of store-bought sour mix? Water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium hexametaphosphate, acacia gum, potassium sorbate (preservative), natural flavors, polysorbate 60, ester gum, sodium metabisulfite (preservative), yellow 5, yellow 6, and blue 1. NO THANK YOU!


Homemade sour mix only requires three ingredients, in addition to water. Yes, it takes a few minutes to juice the lemons and limes, but it’s definitely not hard. Besides, the super fresh taste that it adds to your cocktails is totally worth it.


There’s an endless possibility of cocktails with this sour mix. Basically, any cocktail that calls for lemon and/or lime juice can be made by substituting the homemade sour mix if you already have it on hand.


It’s also a great addition to a home bar when you’re hosting a cocktail party. Trust me, even though it’s super simple to make, your guests will be impressed that you made the mixer from scratch instead of buying a subpar market version.


FAQS:

What is sour mix?Sour mix is a popular cocktail mixer that is made with lemon juice, lime juice, sweetener, and water.

How long will fresh sour mix last?You can store sour mix in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a few weeks.


INGREDIENTS FOR IN SOUR MIX:

  • Fresh lemons: (approximately 6) Choose lemons and limes that have a slight give with a light squeeze and feel heavy for their size. These will be the juiciest.
  • Fresh limes: (6-8) Make sure to wash both the lemons and limes before juicing. You don’t want any residue in your sour mix.
  • Agave nectar: Agave nectar is sweeter than sugar which means you can use less. It also dissolves easily in liquid.
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HOW TO MAKE SOUR MIX:

This sour mix recipe couldn’t be easier to make.


  • Thoroughly wash the fruit, then cut in half through the equator. Squeeze the juice from the lemons and the limes with a juicer. You’ll need one cup of each.
  • Optional step: Strain the citrus juice through a fine sieve or cheese cloth to remove any pulp. If a little pulp doesn’t bother you, skip this step.
  • Pour the juice into a quart sized jar. Add the agave nectar, and stir to dissolve the nectar. Add a cup of water, and refrigerate until ready to use.


Yep, it’s that easy to make your own.

Juice the lemons and limes.
Strain the pulp.
Add agave nectar and water.

NONALCOHOLIC SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

  • Add a little extra water for a fantastic glass of fresh lemonade.
  • Mix with club soda or sparkling water for a refreshing and healthier lemon lime soda.

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INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • Agave nectar: Honey or sugar can be substituted. If using either, add to hot water so that the sugar or honey will completely dissolve, then pour into the juice mixture. Refrigerate until ready to use.


RECIPE NOTES:

  • I like to use a hand pressed citrus juicer to make juicing lemons and limes super easy.


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Recipe details

  • 3  cups
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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Ingredients


  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar (more or less to taste)

Instructions


Thoroughly wash the fruit, then cut in half through the equator. Squeeze the juice from the lemons and the limes with a juicer. You’ll need one cup of each.
Optional step: Strain the citrus juice through a fine sieve or cheese cloth to remove any pulp. If a little pulp doesn’t bother you, skip this step.
Pour the juice into a quart sized jar. Add the agave nectar, and stir to dissolve the nectar. Add a cup of water, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Tips

  • NONALCOHOLIC SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
  • Add a little extra water for a fantastic glass of fresh lemonade.
  • Mix with club soda or sparkling water for a refreshing and healthier lemon lime soda.
  • Agave nectar: Honey or sugar can be substituted. If using either, add to hot water so that the sugar or honey will completely dissolve, then pour into the juice mixture. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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