Make Your Own Sour Mix

“Sour mix”, also known as “Sweet and Sour mix” is a bartender’s shortcut used in recipes which would otherwise call for both lemon juice and sugar syrup. Today, most recipes call directly for sour mix.

After being disappointed with every commercial sour mix and powder we could find, Alan and I decided it was time to try to make our own. After many nights of experimentation we finally settled on this very simple recipe.

Combine in a 1 quart (1 liter) pitcher or bottle:

  • 18 oz Water
  • 12 oz RealLemon brand lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Mix well and use in your favorite drink recipe. Highly recommended for Long Island Ice Tea.

While you could certainly make this with fresh lemon juice, Alan and I have yet to put in the effort. Even with the bottled lemon juice this is already much better (and cheaper) than any of the commercial offerings.

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Fill rocks glass with

  • Crushed Ice

Add (in this order):

  • 1.5 oz Scotch
  • 1.5 oz Drambuie

If you add the Scotch first the drink won’t need much mixing since the Drambui is the heavier liquor and settles through, blending with the Scotch.

Many recipes call for more Scotch (2.25 oz Scotch, .75 oz Drambuie) but I prefer the sweeter half-and-half blend. Since Drambuie is in fact made from Scotch, blended with honey, herbs and spices, this drink is a Scotch lover’s dream!

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