Sweet And Sour Margarita Mix Recipe

This sweet and sour margarita mix will take your drinks from drab to fab with just the right amount of sugar, and 2 kinds of citrus. People will tell you that the secret to a good margarita is good tequila, avoiding iodized salt, and serving it in the right glassware. However, we would argue that a classic margarita recipe is best with this not-so secret ingredient: homemade sweet and sour margarita mix.

Sour mix is a key ingredient in many different cocktails. In fact, chances are that, if you went anywhere before 2010, you have probably ingested a fair share of sour mix in the form of neon green margaritas. Luckily for you, the rise of craft cocktails meant that most people returned to the basics: juicing their own citrus, and mixing it with sugar. Food Blogger Ksenia Prints of At the Immigrant's Table breaks down the exact flavor combination that makes it possible for home bartenders to have margaritas just like Doña Bertha, the alleged inventor of the cocktail, intended.

We are certain that, once you try this concoction, it's going to become your favorite cocktail staple.

Gather the ingredients for sweet and sour margarita mix

To make a batch of homemade margarita mix, you are going to need water, sugar, fresh lemon juice from about 2 lemons, plus fresh lime juice from about 8 limes.

Make the simple syrup

To start the sour mix, first make the simple syrup.

In a small saucepan, combine equal quantities of water and sugar. Bring to a boil, and continue cooking, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let the simple syrup cool fully before using. Once it's cooled completely, transfer the cooled sugar syrup into a quart or pint jar.

Juice the citrus

While the simple syrup cools, juice the lemons and limes, taking care to avoid getting any seeds in the mix. You can juice these by hand, though we recommend using an electric citrus juicer due to the sheer volume of limes required.

Combine the citrus juice, and simple syrup

Once cooled, add the fresh lemon and lime juice to the jar with the simple syrup. Shake the jar well to combine the ingredients — you shouldn't see any separation in color. Transfer to the fridge to cool completely.

Serve the sweet and sour margarita mix

Once it's been cooled, your margarita mix is ready to use in your favorite cocktail recipe. Use this sweet and sour mix in a classic margarita, a next-level margarita with orange juice, or a spicy margarita. You can also mix it with sparkling water, orange bitters, and a non-alcoholic spirit for an alcohol-free mocktail.

Sweet And Sour Margarita Mix Recipe
5 from 17 ratings
With this easy sweet and sour mix recipe, you'll never need to buy the store-bought option again.
Prep Time
Cook Time
spoon and jar with lemon
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 8 limes)
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice (about 2 lemons)
  1. Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and continue cooking until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. Pour cooled simple syrup into a 1-liter jar.
  2. While the simple syrup cools, juice the lemons and limes.
  3. Once cooled, add the lemon and lime juice into the jar with the simple syrup. Shake well to combine.
  4. Store in the fridge, until ready to use. This sweet and sour mix will keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Calories per Serving 104
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Total Sugars 25.6 g
Sodium 1.9 mg
Protein 0.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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