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Cola Cube Cocktail

A simple cocktail with the flavour of the traditional British sweetie, the cola cube.

Cola Cube Cocktail

Cola Cube Cocktail

I have a sweet, rather nostalgic flavoured cocktail to share with you today, thanks to a friendly barman.

Despite still feeling rather ill with a chest infection, I decided that, yes, I would go out to celebrate a friend's birthday!

So off I went in my glad rags.

We started off in a bar for some typical pub grub. The veggie choices were not extensive.

Then we toddled off down the street to a rather pretentious cocktail bar, where I enjoyed a Margarita or two and some great chat.

We finished off in a pub, with nearly all the same people that were in the cocktail bar! 

This is where I sampled the delight that is a cola cube cocktail.

What are cola cubes?

A British classic, cola cubes (sometimes known as kola cubes), are a cube shaped boiled sweet with a cola flavour that ate coated in sugar and have a soft chewy centre.

Not in the least bit healthy, but a lovely and occasional treat.

Kola Cube Cocktail

I don't know if cola cubes have worldwide fame, but I love them! 

This tasty little cocktail had the flavour of a cola cube and contained one nestled right at the bottom of the glass which melted as you sipped the cocktail.

My dentist would not approve!

This is definitely an occasion treat. 

Thanks so much to the friendly barman who shared the recipe for me. 

Measuring out the cocktail

The barman described it measuring out this cocktail recipe as one part, but whatever measure you use, just use the below quantity.  

If you have a little nip glass, you could use that. 

Similarly, you could use a shot glass or a whisky glass as the measure if you are making more than one cocktail.

You could also use cup measures.

Feel free to also add more lemonade if you find it too strong.

Just remember to add a cola cube to each glass before adding the cocktail.

What you need to make a cola cube cocktail

Here are the simple ingredients you need to make this candy flavoured cocktail.

  • Spiced rum
  • Blackcurrant cordial
  • Lemonade
  • Cola cubes
  • Ice cubes

Can you use regular rum?

If regular rum is what you have, then definitely use that.

The spiced rum adds a little kick. but regular rum works well too.

More cocktails to try

Here are a few more delicious cocktails for you to try.

Make them for family gatherings and special occasions like Christmas and New Year.

For adults only of course.

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Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
Cola Cube Cocktail

Cola Cube Cocktail

A simple cocktail with the flavour of the traditional British sweetie, the cola cube.
Prep time: 3 MinTotal time: 3 Min


  • 1 part Spiced rum
  • 1/2 part Blackcurrant cordial
  • 2 parts Lemonade
  • 1 cola cube per cocktail
  • Ice cubes
  • Slices of orange to serve


  1. Mix all the ingredients except for the cola cube and orange slices, in a cocktail shaker (or a in a flask) and give it a good shake.
  2. Pour into a cocktail glass containing a cola cube.
  3. Top each glass with a slice of orange.
  4. Enjoy!


  • You can use regular rum instead of spiced.
  • Use any measure, a nip glass, a shot glass, a whisky glass or a coup measure, depending on how many cocktails you are making.
  • For instance, if you are using a cup measure (and making a few), it would be 1 cup of rum, half a cup of cordial, 2 cups of lemonade and lots of ice.
  • Add a cola cube to each cocktail glass before adding the ice and cocktail.
  • Drink sensibly!

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  1. Wow, sounds tasty! I've never heard of Cola Cubes though - what are they like?

  2. Hi Anne,
    We have a soft drink in Scotland, (I think originally by a company called Barr's who make Irn Bru) called Red Kola, it tastes a bit like a fruity coca cola. Cola cubes are little square boiled sweets in this flavour, that get a little chewy as you reach the centre. Not healthy at all, but a nice little treat!
    I did like the look of your Frosty Wild Strawberry Cocktail ! Lovely photo!

  3. What a coincidence, I spent about a hour browsing the old fashioned sweets on sites including aquarterof. I was drooling at all my old favourites. I think I'm going to have to go and buy some sherbert pips!

  4. Cola cubes sound interesting. I have never heard of them. Wonder if it is something we could make at home and put in ice cube trays to freeze. ???? You can purchase all kinds of "shaped" ice cube trys now. So it would be fun for a party to make some cubes and freeze in a decorative ice try. Would look cool in the glass.
    (What is a pip?)

  5. Beccy,
    I am with you on the sherbert pips and that website just sucks you in! I am trying to resist it!

    The cola cubes we are talking about are boiled candy, but you could use a cola drink to make fancy shaped cola ice cubes. In fact it would be a nice twist to serve a flavoured vodka or another clear spirit with cola ice cubes instead of adding the mixer! Although the first few sips would be strong!

  6. I haven't had cola cubes since I was wee! I still remember the taste.

    I can't imagine what the cocktail tasted like though!

  7. Hi Laura,
    The cocktails tasted exactly like cola cubes, not an ounce of difference! Thay were great!

  8. Cola Cubes are the best sweet - I remember if you ate enough of them quicklyneough you had slash marks across the top of your mouth..
    I need to introduce Freddie to them.


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