I have never forgotten my years of bartending while in college.  Years later, I continue to fine tune my bartending skills and enjoy recreating some of my favorite cocktail recipes using fresh ingredients and a homemade twist.  As the weather heats up, I am so inspired by the beautiful produce and vibrant colors.  For this post, I will walk you through a very easy process for How to Make Homemade Sour Mix.

Sour Mix (also known as Sweet and Sour Mix) is a popular mixer in many cocktails.  The store-bought kind is filled with chemicals and preservatives and honestly, doesn’t taste very good.  With a few fresh ingredients, some sugar and citrus reamer, you can learn how to make homemade sour mix in minutes.  Hint, my homemade sour mix uses grapefruit.  The grapefruit adds such a nice, sweet flavor to the sour mix. It’s perfect.

How to Make Homemade Sour Mix

How to Make Homemade Sour Mix includes more than just fresh citrus and some sugar. You need a nice, air-tight bottle to hold the homemade sour mix.  I made my recipe in a large jug, which once held homemade root beer I picked up while visiting Amish country.  My recipe filled the jug up about half-way.  I like to make my homemade sour mix fresh, as it only keeps in the refrigerator for about a week.

How to Make Homemade Sour Mix


Homemade Sour Mix

An easy how-to recipe to use with your favorite cocktails
Prep Time5 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Linda Arceo


  • 3/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 c water


  • Squeeze lemon, limes and grapefruits to produce the necessary amounts of juice.
  • Add sugar and water.
  • Mix well.
  • Use the homemade sour mix in your favorite cocktail recipes.


Adapted from Original
After you have finished making your homemade sour mix, you are now ready for cocktails.  On this particular day, I opted to make a Whiskey Sour using Jameson Whiskey.

homade sour mix 2


To make a Whiskey Sour

1.5 ounces of whiskey sour

3 ounces of homemade sour mix

1 maraschino cherry

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the whiskey and homemade sour mix. Shake well.  Strain into a glass (I like my Whiskey Sours over ice).  Garnish with the cherry (I like to add 2).



Homemade Sour Mix can also be used as the base for perfect Margaritas.  Other uses include Amaretto Sours (same recipe as above, just use Amaretto instead of Whiskey)  or another one of my absolute favorite drinks, the Pink Lemonade.

How to make a Pink Lemonade

1.5 ounces of vodka

3 ounces of Homemade Sour Mix

A splash of cranberry juice

A spritz of lemon-lime soda

Garnish with lemon slice


In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine vodka, sour mix and cranberry juice. Shake well and strain over ice into a highball glass.  Top with spritz of lemon-lime soda with a garnish of lemon slice.

This is such a refreshing sour mix, why buy the pre-made kind you find in the store?  I can see you all now, relaxing with the perfect cocktail in hand.  Go on, enjoy. You deserve it.

Cheers, xoxo


  1. Yum yum yum! So many ways to use this great mixer. Of course, the Pink Lemonade is right up my alley but I’m a whisky girl as well. 🙂

  2. I am not a wisky drinker, but I really want to try making this sour mix and trying it with different things. Who knows, I may even get brave enough to try that whiskey sour!

  3. This might be bad for me to have on hand! I love sour mix with Midori! It’s like an adult ecto cooler 🙂 Pinning this one!

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