What Can I Do With sour orange juice

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

What cocktail recipes can you make with Sweet and Sour Mix?

There are a number of classic bar drinks and cocktails to use this homemade sweet and sour mix in.

  • Amaretto Sour – a super simple amaretto + sweet and sour mix cocktail
  • Whiskey Sour – another spirit + sweet and sour cocktail
  • Traditional Margarita Recipe, flavored margaritas, and my favorite Margarita Tequila Jello Shots
  • Long Island Iced Tea – loaded with booze and you’d never know it!
  • The extra boozy drink all my girlfriends used to order, an Adios Motherfucker
  • Beetlejuice Cocktail – perfect for Halloween, but taste amazing any time of year!
looking down at a margarita and sweet and sour mix

How to Make Sweet and Sour Mix

  1. Place 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Transfer simple syrup to a mason jar or other airtight container. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1/2 cup lime juice. Cover and shake vigorously.
  3. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

How long does sweet and sour mix last?

  • Homemade sweet and sour mix will last 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. You can easily make large or small batches following the 1:1:1:1 rule so you don’t have a lot of extra mix…unless you want it.

Does sweet and sour mix have alcohol?

  • Nope. Even the store-bought variety is non-alcoholic.

What is a good substitute for sweet and sour mix?

  • Juices – lemonade, limeade, margarita mix, orange juice + pineapple juice with no simple syrup
  • Sodas – lemon-lime soda + ginger ale and a splash of lemon or lime juice

Is margarita mix and sweet and sour mix the same?

  • More or less, yes. Both are a type of sour mix, but margarita mix is typically lime only. I’ve seen sweet and sour mix and margarita mix used interchangeably on the regular.

What is margarita mix made of?

  • Margarita mix usually leaves out the lemon juice for a lime-based sour mix. So you end up with a 1:1:1 ratio of water, sugar, and lime juice.

this week we made Messy Moroccan Chicken Wings and one of the ingredients that makes them finger lickin’ delicious is sour orange juice. Some might call it bitter orange, bigarade, or Seville orange, but no matter which one you choose, it’s a staple in our house!

Bitter orange juice comes from a specific type of orange (you can read more about it here) and it’s a smaller orange with thick skin that gets a little wrinkled with deep pores. It’s not the best for chowing down on straight from the tree, but it is a super tasty flavor to add to many of dishes. If you can’t find fresh oranges at your local grocer, try looking for just the juice. It’s usually in a tall skinny bottle in the Mexican aisle. Here’s a few ways to give it a try in your own home:

1. Marinades: Bitter orange pairs perfectly with chicken, beef, pork, duck and even vegetables. Add a little olive oil, some garlic and salt and pepper and your foods for the grill will be ready to go!

2. Seville Orange Marmalade: When we can find the physical oranges in the store we make sure to buy extra to make this marmalade from David Lebovitz. It’s a perfect pairing with meats, sweets or on a simple piece of toast once you have the taste for it.

3. Pickling: The acidity in these oranges is high enough that you can use the juice like you would vinegar. It’s great in dressings, but it makes amazing pickled onions, ready for tacos, gyros and more!

4. Naranjada: When mixed with sugar (1/4 cup) and water (1 1/2 cup), this overly bitter juice (hopefully of 4 oranges) becomes something quite tasty. It’s a staple beverage in other parts of the world, more specifically South America. So when your food choices turn that direction, mix yourself up a glass and make sure it’s cold, cold, cold! It’s great in cocktails in general and perfect if you own a Soda Stream machine!

5. Fish Wet Rub: Mixing 3 tablespoons of sour orange juice with 1 glove of roasted garlic (plus salt and pepper to taste) is a great wet rub for fish. It makes your flaky friend a little slimy and a little sour no matter if it’s pan friend, grilled or baked, it works out great in the end.

• Related: Recipe: Spicy-Cool Blood Orange-Jalapeño Margaritas

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