DIY Sour Mix

DIYsourmixThere is no reason in the world to buy pre-made sour mix. There just isn’t! Banish those neon yellow and green mixes in favor of your own fresh mix. You can make it in advance!

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