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When making cocktails, a sweet-sour mix is a staple for your bar. Yes, you can buy mixes in a bottle and they do have “soury” taste. But they don’t taste fresh and bright. Cocktails have few ingredients and if one of them is less than superior, you are not going to get the beverage you should have.

Home recipes for sour mix can get a bit complicated, using egg whites for example. Those complex recipes are authentic and excellent. But, if you want freshness and are in a hurry, then  Kim Haasarud in 101 Champagne Cocktails suggests this wonderful recipe:

Fresh Sour Mix

Yield: 1 cup


  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup simple syrup


In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix to stir, place in a covered container, refrigerate between usage. The lifespan is 2-3 weeks.