Whether you use it for Margaritas, Whiskey Sours, or another drink of your own creation, all you need is a few minutes and some very (very) basic ingredients.
You can even jazz it up by subbing in some other citrus juice like orange or grapefruit. Just keep in mind they’re a little sweeter, so you’ll need to adjust to taste.
DIY Sour Mix
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
Boil the sugar and water, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let syrup cool. Strain lemon and lime juices (no pulp) into a resealable bottle and pour in the cooled syrup. Shake and use or refrigerate. Adding a little vodka will extend the life of your sour mix.
Photo by Liam Boylan
The recipe I created and posted here was first published on Serious Eats in my DIY vs. Buy column