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clear mason jar full of homemade sweet and sour mix with limes and lemons around it on marble counter top
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5 from 1 vote

Sweet and Sour Mix

This Sweet and Sour Mix is easy to make with only three ingredients and it is the key to making the BEST margaritas!  It keeps in the refrigerator for about a week and makes two pitchers of margaritas. Or you can keep it in the freezer for a month!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus simple syrup, cocktail ingredient, made from scratch, sweet and sour mix
Calories: 416kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice about 7 limes
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice about 2 lemons


  • Simmer 2 cups of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat until it is fully dissolved.
  • Pour it into a jar and let it come to room temperature.
  • Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup lime juice.
  • Store it in a sealed container for a week or for up to a month in the freezer.



Calorie information is for 1 1/4 cup, what you need for one pitcher of margaritas.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 137mg | Sugar: 102g | Vitamin C: 57.8mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg