There are few things that go more hand-in-hand than warm, humid, summer temperatures in Kentucky and ice cream. Whether it is merely to cool down, or to experience nostalgia, it’s a pairing unlike any other.
Ice cream has played a pivotal part in my life – and I know that stands true for many Kentuckians. For me, it goes back to Main St. culture. Whether you are from the larger areas of the state – Louisville or Lexington – or from small town Kentucky, like I am, we all have an affinity for the charm and warmth that our local Main Streets catalyze.
When I think of Main St., I think of two things: family businesses + the soda shop. Down on Main St. in Russell Springs, my Nanny had her tax service, my mother’s store had its first location, and my grandparents had both John and Paul’s Menswear and Wilmac’s. It would also be erroneous to omit the fact that I worked at the bank on Main St. in the summers of my undergraduate career. As you can see, Main St. and I go way back.
However, even more than the family businesses, the pinnacle of my childhood was at Grider Drug — and specifically, at the attached soda fountain. Leather stools lined the counters, the menu was on a vintage letter board, and I had more meals between those walls than I can even begin to enumerate. The burgers, chicken salad, biscuits, orangeades — they were all delicious. However, more than anything, I loved all of the ice cream products. They were, in all seriousness, an apex of my youth.
This summer, I want to pay homage to the legacy and the sentimentality of my childhood; in doing so, I combined my love of ice cream with the nectar of my childhood (and adulthood!): Ale-8-One.
I know many Kentuckians share my love of the Kentucky-made ginger soda; thus, this recipe for my Homemade Ale-8-One Lemon Ice Cream Floats will be sure to teleport y’all to memories in the rolling hills, meals on the farm with your grandparents, and driving those country roads that we know and adore. It’s a classic pairing; one that you might not have tasted before, yet will feel oddly familiar with after one taste.
Ale-8-One, of Winchester, is a benefaction to the Commonwealth — and for that, I give gratitude and pay homage.
Homemade Ale-8-One Lemon Ice Cream Floats
- 2 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 c. Half-and-Half
- 1 1/5 c. Sugar
- 5 Egg Yolks
- 1/2 c. Fresh Lemon Juice
- Zest of Three Lemons
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- 6 Pack of Ale-8-One
- Whipped Cream, to taste
- Over low heat, combine heavy whipping cream, half-and-half, sugar, lemon zest; allow to simmer, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. This will take roughly 5 minutes
- Remove cream from heat, cover the pan, and steep for 5 minutes.
- Put the cream back on the heat, allowing it to simmer.
- Place egg yolks in a bowl & beat until smooth. Gradually add a little of the warm cream mixture to the eggs (up to roughly 1/2 c., a couple of tablespoons at a time) bringing them up to temperature without cooking them.
- Combine the warm egg mixture with the large pot of cream.
- Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract; cook/stir until the mixture coats the back of your spatula. This will take 3-5 minutes.
- Transfer to a freezer-safe dish and freeze overnight.
- The next day, add the lemon ice cream to a mason jar. Slowly pour Ale-8-One over the ice cream, making a float. If needed, add more as you eat. Top with whipped cream.
There are many ways to celebrate life’s simple pleasures this summer: with this ice cream float at home, by visiting your local ice cream shop, and by stocking up on Ale-8-One from your local retailer.
If you are in the Louisville area, be sure to visit Louisville Cream this month, as they have released a signature Ale-8-One Blackberry ice cream; in Lexington, both Sav’s Chill + Crank & Boom carry Ale-8-One.
Last, but not least, a giveaway! If you’d like to enter to win an Ale-8-One branded ice cream maker, enter HERE.
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.