How to Make Bartender Sour Mix

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Bartender Sour Mix

Bartender sour mix is used as an ingredient in many types of mixed alcoholic drinks, such as margaritas, mai tais, Long Island iced teas, and amaretto sours.[1] Preparing this Bartender Sour Mix recipe is a simple process and uses just a few ingredients, including fresh lemon juice, lime juice, sugar, and water. While cooks can purchase commercially-prepared sour mix, learning how to make a traditional bartender sour mix recipe can save them time and money. Sour mix is also called sour rocks mix and margarita mix.

This recipe for bartender sour mix can help home cooks prepare specialty restaurant mixed drinks such as T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Electric Lemonade, T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Mango Berry Daiquiri, or T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Margarita.

Serves: Makes 2 quarts

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Sour Mix.jpgFlickr: Magic Robot
Offered by Bars and restaurants
Brands include Daily's, Mr & Mrs T, Rose's
Served as Mixed drink ingredient
Main ingredients Lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup
Cooking method Stirring
Similar to Margarita mix, sour rocks mix
Author Selena Robinson

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Bartender Sour Mix Ingredients

  • 6 limes
  • 6 lemons[2]
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 cups of sugar[3]
  • Egg whites (optional)[4]

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Bartender Sour Mix Recipe

  1. Make the simple syrup. In a medium saucepan, mix the water and sugar together and bring to boil.
  2. Stir the mixture continuously until all the sugar dissolves.[3]
  3. Cut the limes and lemons in half crosswise.
  4. Squeeze enough of them to produce four cups of juice.
  5. Pour the freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice in a large pitcher.
  6. Add the simple syrup, stirring well. Taste the mixture and adjust the sweet to sour ratio as needed.[5]
  7. Store the sour mix in the refrigerator for up to a week.

How to Make Simple Syrup and Sour Mix

A bartender explains how to make sour mix for use in mixed drinks.


  • The recipe above makes a very basic sour mix, but cooks can add a few extra ingredients if they choose. Some bartenders include 2 egg whites for every liter of mix. This ingredient gives the mix a slightly foamy texture, which may be a good addition for some mixed drinks.[5] Other bartenders combine a mixture of sugar, corn syrup, and maltodextrin to create a more consistent flavor and texture to the mix.[4]
  • Cooks that need to prepare a sugar-free version of sour mix can replace the white sugar with the same amount of Splenda or another sugar substitute when preparing the simple syrup. They may also prefer to use lemons only when making a base for whiskey sours or limes only when making lime margaritas.[2]

Also See: How to Make Bartender Lime Mix, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Margarita, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Electric Lemonade, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Mango Berry Daiquiri


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