Red Kola

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Red Kola
Type Soft Drink
Manufacturer A.G. Barr plc, Currie's
Distributor Dunns Food & Drinks Ltd
Country of origin Scotland
Introduced 19??
Colour Red, (E104, E122)
Related products Irn-Bru, Tizer, Coca-Cola

Red Kola is a carbonated soft drink made from fruit extracts, and may include flavouring from the kola nut. Red Kola is made by various firms including Currie's (operated by Dunns Food & Drinks Ltd), Solripe and Barr's.

Despite the name, it bears no resemblance to more traditional cola drinks in either flavour or appearance. It is bright red in colour and has a unique taste, significantly sharper than cola and with a strong fruit base. It does, however, share the same analgesic properties that traditional cola has, such as curing headaches as well as soothing sore throats[citation needed].

Homemade Red Kola can be made by mixing vimto cordial and lemonade.


Currie's Red Kola : Carbonated Water, Sugar, Tartaric Acid, Flavourings, Preservative (Sodium Benzoate), Sweeteners (Sodium Saccharin), Colours (E163, E100)

Barr's Red Kola : Carbonated Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Flavouring, Concentrates (Black Carrot, Safflower), Sweeteners (Sucralose, Acesulfame K), Preservative (Sodium Benzoate)