Sharon Thompson: Ale-8-One 
is off to the races with 
a new look

Herald-Leader food writer,Sharon ThompsonApril 15, 2014 

Many of us don't like change, but this one we're sure to love.

For 92 years, Ale-8-One lovers have relied on the consistency of the taste and look of their favorite soft drink. For a limited time, the bottles and cartons will feature a new look with a horse-racing theme.

The hand-sketched "Fan Favorite" image is original artwork created by Clay Pullen of Four Point Creative in Louisville.

The first in the racing series line is available at retail stores or can be ordered at


Here are two recipes using Ale-8-One that you can serve at Derby parties.

Maker's 8

1 ounce Maker's Mark bourbon

5 to 6 ounces Ale-8-One

Add bourbon and ice to glass and fill with Ale-8-One. Gently stir and serve.

Makes 1 serving.

Mock mint julep

4 mint sprigs, plus extra for garnish

1½ cups sugar

2 cups cold water

¾ cup fresh lemon juice

6 non-returnable bottles Ale-8-One

Thin lemon slices

Rinse mint and discard stems. Place sugar, water and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Mix well. Stir in mint. Let stand for a few minutes for flavors to blend. Pour small amount of mint mixture over ice, and fill remainder of glass with Ale-8-One. Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs.

Makes 10 servings.


Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog:

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