I generally choose a drink based on how pretty it is; layers of colors, fresh fruit garnishes, fancy glasses, mini umbrellas poking out of the top. Cocktails can be so fun, so why chose the ‘blah’ clear ones. I don’t even know what’s in those clear ones, but they’re boring.

A few Saturdays ago I went to Bev Mo to pick up some essentials for a cocktail, a colorful cocktail is what I had in mind. When I walked into the store I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of alcohol in 1 place. So I started with the isle that was the most familiar to me: the food section.  Then I moved to the sodas and the mixers, theeeeen I ventured into the alcohol.  I was carrying around a shopping basket, but it stayed empty because I was clueless on what to buy. Where’s the isle labeled: fluorescent booze?

As I was wandering somewhat aimlessly through the store, I remembered trying a midori sour a few months ago when Jon and I went out on a date. It was super good, probably because it was pure sugar and hot green, but whatev… I’ve wanted to make one at home ever since, so, this is as good a time as any, right?!?! I grabbed a bright green bottle of melon liquor and I looked up a midori sour recipe on my phone while standing in the middle of the store (don’t we all do this? If you don’t, humor me).  Apparently I needed sweet and sour mix, whatever that is. Yes, I had to google what ‘sweet and sour mix’ even is. I  headed over to grab the mix. The frugal, cheapskate, penny pinching “I can make everything better from scratch” in me could not find it in myself to purchase sweet and sour mix.  So I didn’t.

The good news is, sweet and sour mix is way easy and cheap to make!  Phew, because after my adventure in Bev Mo, I was exhausted and almost didn’t even WANT to make the mix, and was maybe regretting not just buying it… But, I made the mix, chilled it, poured myself a drink and relaxed… And it was sooooo worth it.

Homemade Sweet & Sour Mix


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


Add all ingredients to a small pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer (small boiling bubbles), and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the mixture reduces a bit.

Remove form the heat, pour into a container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Mix will last in the fridge up to 1 week (maybe longer?).


Midori Sour Cocktail


  • 1 ounce melon liqueur
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 2 ounces sweet & sour mix
  • Splash of Lemon Lime Soda (Sprite, 7-up, Sierra Mist)
  • Ice
  • orange slice, garnish


Put ice in a small-ish glass. Pour melon liqueur, vodka and swet and sour into the glass, top with soda, garnish with an orange slice.


Recipe credit: I looked on about 486 bazillion sites at different recipes, for both the mix and the cocktail, that were all slightly different. I finally just decided to wing it, and hope for the best.

For the record, this post is not sponsored by Bev Mo, or anyone else. I went there, one my own, and purchased everything with hard earned moolah.