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Today is Whiskey Sour Day. What’s a Whiskey Sour?
Sweet and sour mix, also known as sour mix or bar mix, is an ingredient in many cocktails—and not just those called “sour,” such as Apricot Sour, Bourbon Sour, Brandy Sour, Southern Comfort Sour, Whiskey Sour and Vodka Sour.
Sour mix is found in numerous other cocktail recipes that require sweetness (sugar) and tartness (lemon or lime juice). Long Island Iced Tea, Margarita, Mai Tai, Texas Tea and Singapore Sling are examples.
Ready-to-use sour mixes are available in supermarkets and are used in many bars.
We think it’s far better to make your own sour mix. There’s nothing better than fresh-squeezed citrus juice. If your Margarita (or other sweetened cocktail) tastes better in certain establishments, it’s probably not because of better tequila, but due to the use of fresh lime juice instead of a mix.
Why You Shouldn’t Use A Pre-Made Sour Mix
Mixes use bottled, reconstituted juice (concentrate and water) or citrus oil from the peel (a very different flavor profile from the juice). Real Lemon brand reconstituted bottled lemon juice is made from lemon juice concentrate, water, lemon oil and the preservatives sodium benzoate, sodium metabisulfite and sodium sulfite.
The prominent Mr. and Mrs. T brand of sweet and sour mix uses bottled lime juice, bottled lemon juice, corn syrup, sugar and artificial coloring. Thanks, but no thanks.
There’s no substitute for fresh citrus juice in any recipe—unless the goal of substituting is to cut down on the cost of ingredients, and by extension, deliver a finished product that doesn’t taste anywhere as good.
If you aren’t keen on juicing, consider an electric juicer, which makes juicing a snap (and fun, too). Take a look at this Oster juicer, moderately priced with a small footprint.
While an electric juicer will get every last drop of juice from the citrus, here are techniques that anyone can use to get the most juice.
So, start juicing and then kick back with a well-deserved Whiskey Sour.
SWEET & SOUR MIX RECIPE
Making sour mix is just one step tacked on to a simple syrup recipe: It’s half simple syrup and half lemon and/or lime juice.
Easy Sweet & Sour Mix
It depends on the size of the fruit. There are 16 tablespoons in a cup.
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