Holiday Cocktails with Ale-8-One
This ginger-based soda is the perfect holiday pairing for a variety of spirits, including Kentucky’s favorite, bourbon!
Ale-8 carries several holiday-inspired gifts on its website (ale8one.com) including a festive raglan t-shirt and sweatshirt, and bottle sweaters for your Ale-8-One bottle.
Ale-8-One craft soda has been bottled in green glass in Winchester, Ky. since 1926.
Ale-8-One is celebrating its 91st birthday this year.
The company's founder and inventor G.L. Wainscott developed the recipe. His great-great nephew, Fielding Rogers, now leads the company and continues to hand mix every batch of the secret family recipe using Wainscott’s hand-written notes.
To this day, the company continues to be independent, locally owned and family operated.
In Lexington, you can find Ale-8-One at all major retailers including Kroger, Cracker Barrel and Liquor Barn.
Ale-8 Bourbon Holiday Cider
1½ cups apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
2 apples, cut into bitesize pieces
1 orange, cut in half, then into thin wedges
½ cup cranberries (or pomegranate seeds, if preferred)
6 ounces bourbon
12-ounce bottle Ale-8-One
Place cider in a pan on the stove with the cinnamon sticks, apples and oranges and heat until hot. Add room temperature bourbon to a heat resistant pitcher. Add hot cider and mix. Pour cider mixture into four heat proof glasses, making sure each glass has fruit and one cinnamon stick. Top each glass with room temperature Ale-8-One.
Makes: One 6-ounce champagne flute
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce Ale-8-One simple syrup*
1 ½ ounce vodka (or 1 ounce lemon juice for Mocktail)
Equal parts white grape juice and Ale-8
Garnish with sprig of rosemary
Pour simple syrup and lemon juice into a champagne flute. Add vodka, and equal parts white grape juice and Ale-8 to fill glass. Stir to combine ingredients. Garnish with sprig of rosemary. To make the drink non-alcoholic, replace the vodka with another 1-ounce of lemon juice.
*For simple syrup, simmer equal parts water, Ale-8 and sugar in a pot for 5 to 10 minutes until desired consistency is reached. Add more or less water or sugar to reach your desired syrup consistency. Syrup should be thick, not runny.