Old Fashioned

DIY Sugar Cubes for cocktails or anything else really

Why the hell would we make diy sugar cubes? Well, who doesn’t want to learn how to make a lump of sugar? OK, not many, but that isn’t how we do things around here at Ramshackle Pantry. We take simple things and work to make them complicated. In our effort to make the perfect Old Fashioned cocktail, we decided that we needed sugar cubes. Enjoy our take on diy sugar cubes.

Molds for our diy sugar cubes

sugar in bowl

We might be using the word “cube” in our diy sugar cubes a bit liberally, as these will not exactly come out as cubes. The principal, however, remains the same. You need cube shaped molds in order to make cubes (or I suppose a clever way of cutting, but molds I do not have). What I do have, however, is about 10 extra ice cube trays. I don’t know exactly why I have them, but they have accumulated over time waiting for me to make sugar cubes.

The just of it

DIY Sugar Cubes in tray
So, the basics of making diy sugar cubes is that we are going to add a tad of water to some sugar. This will create a paste. We will then dry out the paste and voilà! Dried sugar. They are cubes (more like lumps) because of our mold.

Getting fancy schmancy

Probably the coolest thing about this DIY sugar cubes recipe is that it adds some space for flair. Want red sugar cubes? Add a bit of red food coloring. Making a drink that should have a small twist of vanilla? Add that homemade vanilla extract that has been sitting in your cupboard for 3 years. Want it shaped a certain way? Find the right mold.

I have since made a few Old Fashioned cocktails with these cubes and it really is a fun way to enjoy that classic cocktail. Watching the sugar cubes soak up the bitters and then muddling right in the glass… it really adds to the experience of the cocktail.

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DIY Sugar Cubes

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Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 20 minutes active


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water



Mix sugar and water


Using teaspoon, place one teaspoon in whatever mold you use (I am using ice tray)


Place in oven with light on until dry

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  • Reply
    September 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    LOL Ben, who doesn’t love to make simple things complicated. 😉 But sugar cubes, yes! This is actually practical if you don’t always use sugar cubes, no need to keep a whole box of them around anymore.

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      September 6, 2017 at 7:53 am

      They are kinda fun to make, as well. Never in a million years did I think I would love making a lump of sugar.

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    September 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Dude, I want to get all fancy schmancy and make a vanilla flavored sugar cube to put in my morning coffee! Lump it up my friend, and let your sugar lumping flag fly!

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      September 7, 2017 at 10:53 am

      oh…. it has been lumped up! 😉

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    September 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I’ll never use store-bought again!

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    September 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Whoa neat! Imagine the possibilities! :O You may have opened up pandora’s box for me! haha 😀

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