February 01, 2024 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
Sweet and sour mix drinks are an absolute lifesaver when you need to serve cocktails to a crowd. Sure, a bright pop of freshly squeezed lime juice is completely amazing, but when you’ve got a bunch of thirsty folks waiting for a nice cool beverage, it helps to be prepared with an easy solution. Whip up a batch of our easy sweet-and-sour cocktail mix when you’re expecting a crowd and know the drinks queue is going to get busy. 🍋🎉
How to make your own sweet and sour mix for cocktails
Drinks with sweet and sour mix tend to get a bad rap, partly because the store-bought version can be a little meh. The good news is that you can 100% create delicious sweet and sour cocktails at home by making a DIY mix that comes to the party with oodles of zest. Here’s our go-to recipe:
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 90ml (6 tablespoons) water
- 90ml (6 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
- 180ml (¾ cup) fresh lemon juice
- Add the sugar and water to a saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is clear. Set aside to cool.
- Juice your lemons and limes (fresh is best), stir it into your sugar syrup mixture, and store it in a clean jar or bottle. This will keep in the fridge for up to a week. If you notice mold or it becomes cloudy, it’s time to throw it out and make a fresh batch.
TOP TIP! This sweet-and-sour mix recipe for drinks is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. As such, it makes a great edible gift that pairs well with a bottle of premium spirits like Bulldog Gin, SKYY Vodka, Wild Turkey Bourbon, or Appleton Estate Rum.
Now that you have your sweet-and-sour cocktail mix ready to go, here are a few drinks you can make with this handy premix:
1. Gin Sour
If you love sour cocktails and you love gin, then the Gin Sour is going to hit that sweet-and-sour spot. It’s simple, yet elegant – the little black dress of classy clinkers, if you will. Simply swap the lemon juice and sugar syrup in the standard recipe for 30ml of your homemade sweet and sour mix, and you’re good to go. This sweet and sour cocktail recipe pairs very well with finger foods like crostini with herbed goat cheese and figs, or spicy shrimp skewers.
2. Amaretto Stone Sour
This easy recipe is a citrusy and refreshing riff on the original Amaretto Sour – perfect for brunches or lingering lunches! It combines 45ml Amaretto, 45ml fresh orange juice, and 45ml sweet and sour cocktail mix. While a traditional Amaretto Sour recipe uses egg white, this recipe doesn’t, making it less tricky to master if you’re just starting out.
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Craving sweet sour mixed drinks with a tropical twist? Try the Junebug, honey. Combine 30ml pineapple juice, 30ml sweet and sour mix, 20ml coconut rum, 20ml banana liqueur, and 30ml melon liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to combine, strain it into a serving glass over fresh ice, and garnish with a wedge of pineapple.
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4. New York Sour
The New York Sour is a classic cocktail enjoyed by bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts for over a century. This sophisticated twist on the classic Whiskey Sour features a bold combination of whiskey, red wine, lemon juice, and a kiss of sweet and sour. Make this alcoholic drink with sweet and sour mix even easier to pour by adding 30ml of your DIY mixture.
5. Joe Collins
A fun variation on the Tom Collins, a Joe Collins features whiskey as a key ingredient and incorporates the sweet flavour of cola. To make this simple sipper, add 45ml whiskey and 20ml sweet and sour mix to a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake until frosty. Strain it into a rocks glass with fresh ice, top it off with cola, and garnish with a jaunty cherry. Sweet and sour mixed drink recipes don’t come any less complicated than that!
6. Russian Sunset
You’ve heard of the Tequila Sunrise, and the Italian Sunrise, but have you tried a Russian Sunset? To make this festive drink, combine 60ml Grand Marnier, 60ml SKYY Vodka, and 60ml sweet and sour mix in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until icy cold, strain into a tall glass over fresh ice, and add a dash of grenadine. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy! We love serving this sweet-and-sour recipe cocktail with garlic grenki and lavash rolls with smoked salmon.
7. Italian Gentleman
Campari stars in many aperitif cocktails, including the world-famous Negroni, and its distinctive flavour also makes it very versatile and great for experimentation. So, if you love the idea of a Campari bourbon combo, this cocktail will become your new favourite. Our Italian Gentleman cocktail recipe is fairly easy to prepare. It comes together even more quickly if you use 30ml sweet and sour cocktail mix instead of the sugar syrup and lemon juice that’s called for in the original recipe.
Excited to try these drinks made with sweet and sour mix at home? So are we! Lean into ease and be the host with the most! Remember to sign up for our newsletter to get more effortless DIY cocktail hacks like these, and keep your at-home drinks game strong 🍸🍋