Homemade Sweet and Sour Bar Mix


Yep. It’s another one of those recipes that make you think “hmm, I could totally just go buy this at the store, right?”

Mm hmm. You could. You probably do. You should totally stop.

Sweet and Sour mix is so simple to make and holy cow, you guys. It’s way better than the weird gloopy stuff you buy in the bottle at the store. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in that stuff? Barf.

Lemme help you out.

You boil some water, stir in some sugar, let it dissolve, and then stir in some fresh lemon and lime juice. Aaaaaaand, you’re done.

Tomorrow? Tomorrow you find out my favorite drink to make with this mix.

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Homemade Sweet and Sour Bar Mix

I store this in a couple of mason jars in the fridge for up to one week. It's so much fresher and tastier than the store bought version, without all the preservatives and other crazy ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup fresh lime juice

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil in a small pot. Stir in the sugar until dissolved and remove from the heat. Stir in the lemon and lime juice.
Store covered in the fridge for up to one week.

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20 Responses to “Homemade Sweet and Sour Bar Mix”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 12, 2012 @ 7:23 am (#
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    This sounds awesome! Love this idea!

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  2. Cookbook Queen November 12, 2012 @ 8:58 am (#
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    Best idea ever!! Soon I’ll actually be able to use this stuff again, so I need to get some ready!! Margaritas all around!!!!

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  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel November 12, 2012 @ 9:50 am (#
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    Midori Sours. By far my favoritest drink in all the land, and they are made with sweet + sour. Gimme, gimme.

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  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust November 12, 2012 @ 7:00 pm (#
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    I cannot wait to see the drink! I’m thirsty just thinking about it…

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  5. Becca from It's Yummilicious November 12, 2012 @ 8:06 pm (#
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    I don’t drink alcohol, so I’ll take a gallon of this with a straw to go, please… PINNING to my DIY / copycat board, too!

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  6. sally @ sallys Baking Addiction November 12, 2012 @ 8:27 pm (#
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    that’s ALL that is in sour mix???? I’ve worked at a bar before and I never knew this. Why on earth don’t i make it myself? margaritas are only my FAVORITE thing on the planet besides peanut butter. Karly, i love you.

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  7. Joanne November 12, 2012 @ 8:33 pm (#
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    I’ve never bought one of those mixes…and now I never will! This is calling to me.

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  8. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork November 12, 2012 @ 8:56 pm (#
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    Awesome! I’ve never thought to make this but now I will. I despise all of those pre-made mixes. So gross. Just looking at them make my teeth hurt.

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  9. Jennifer November 13, 2012 @ 2:26 pm (#
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    wow Karly! Do you know how many times I have wanted a stone sour and didn’t have the sweet n sour mix? This would have been so awesome to know. lol Thanks!

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  10. Marisa November 13, 2012 @ 8:42 pm (#
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    I know by “bar” it is meant one of those crazy places downtown or whatnot. But might I challenge you to make some sort of delicious sweet and sour DESSERT bar? We’re major lemon bar fans in my family.

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  11. Cathy @ Savory Notes November 18, 2012 @ 6:53 pm (#
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    I hate the jugs of sugar-fake-crap sour mix they sell at stores. I definitely agree that it’s worth making from scratch :)

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  12. Lauren Carnes November 19, 2012 @ 7:54 pm (#
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    What a great idea! I bet it tastes 10 times better than store bought!

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  13. Holly W January 4, 2013 @ 8:30 pm (#
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    How Simple is that?! and I could use whatever sweetener I would like, I imagine, since I don’t do a whole lot of sugar. Thank YOU!

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  14. Susan May 20, 2013 @ 8:02 pm (#
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    Can this be frozen?

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    Karly Reply:

    Hi Susan!

    That’s a really good question, but unfortunately I don’t know the answer! I’ve never tried freezing it, but I can’t think of a reason it wouldn’t work. If you do try it, please come back and let us know!

    Thanks!
    Karly

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  15. Stacy June 21, 2013 @ 7:35 am (#
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    Just made this last night and it was great! Taste just like our hard to beat favorite margaritas at a near by restaurant. A keeper!

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  16. Bernice November 17, 2013 @ 8:07 pm (#
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    Do you know if I can use a sugar substitute like Splenda to make this?

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  17. Holly Mo March 18, 2014 @ 5:35 pm (#
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    Fantastic! Just made a batch and enjoying a Vodka Collins right now!

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