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.


Homemade Sweet and Sour Bar Mix

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic recipes, holiday recipes, party recipes
Calories: 106 kcal
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.


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


  1. 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.
  2. Store covered in the fridge for up to one week.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Sweet and Sour Bar Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Sugar 25g28%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 13.9mg17%
Calcium 5mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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