Sour mix is such an overused cocktail ingredient that the Vintage Cocktail book expressly states it won’t be used (but one exception is The Fogcutter). However, homemade sour mix is much different than the sickly sweet stuff you usually get in a bar, so here is the recipe I use:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice

Make a simple syrup with the water and sugar. Off heat stir in the lemon and lime juices

This is basically a simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar) to which fresh citrus juice is added. I stir the sugar and water until the sugar is fully dissolved and the liquid turns clear. To make juicing easier I purchased an inexpensive juicer that, while loud, works well, especially for the price.

Sour Mix