Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float: A Kentucky Summer Treat

July 21, 2021
Ale 8 One Cherry Float

Hey, y’all! The summer temperatures are blazin’ here in Kentucky — and they aren’t going anywhere! While I love the heat, it’s a lot more enjoyable with a cold treat in hand. Looking for the perfect one? Look no further than my homemade Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float. It doesn’t get more delicious – or Kentucky – than that!

Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float

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Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float: A Kentucky Summer Treat

Few things are more nostalgic for me than an ice cream float. There’s something simple, yet reminiscent, about them. This Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float is old school enough that it could’ve been served to you in a soda shop/diner on Main St. in rural Kentucky, yet simple enough that you can make it at home with ease.

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Ale 8 One Cherry Float

Recipe FAQ

What soda should I use to top the ice cream?

I think the best option, hands down, is Ale-8-One Cherry. If you are looking for a zero sugar version, use Ale-8-One Cherry Zero.

I’ve never had Cherry Ale-8-One — can you describe it to me?

Cherry Ale-8 is the first new flavor from the brand since they began bottling The Original in 1926. It is an irresistible blend of the celebrated Ale-8 secret formula and one of the founder’s favorite fruits: sweet, ripe cherries. It contains no artificial colors or flavors and is made with real sugar. The result is a bold and bright cherry soft drink with just a touch of ginger and citrus. They are flavorful and so refreshing!

What about Ale-8-One Cherry Zero?

Launched in 2020, Cherry Ale-8 Zero was developed in response to passionate requests for a sugar free version of Cherry Ale-8. After nearly two years of careful tinkering, the team at Ale-8-One created a drink that meets their high standards and delivers the great taste of Cherry Ale-8 without the sugar.

What ice cream should I use?

I am going to be giving you my recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream in this post; that said, if you don’t want to make homemade ice cream — don’t worry! Use your favorite vanilla ice cream from the supermarket – or, better yet, a Kentucky-made vanilla ice cream – and you’ll be good to go!

Enjoy my Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float? Check out my other recipes here!

Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float

The Recipe

Ale 8 One Cherry Float

Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float

JC Phelps
Looking for the perfect summer Kentucky treat? Try making my homemade Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float! If you don't want to make homemade vanilla ice cream, use your favorite store-bought version.
Prep Time 5 mins
Churning Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • Ice Cream Maker

Ingredients
  

  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 1.25 c sugar
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.5 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 6 Ale-8-One Cherry Sodas
  • Cherries for garnish
  • Whipped Cream for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir until sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Place mixture into an ice cream maker. You typically do not want to fill the ice cream maker full; please pay attention to the maker's instructions. Follow all instructions to churn. Freeze until use, again following the instructions of the manufacturer. Store in a freezer in an air-tight container.
  • Add ice cream to a tall glass of your choice. Top with Ale-8-One Cherry (or Cherry Zero), garnish with whipped cream and a cherry. Serve immediately with a straw and enjoy!

Notes

The key to this recipe is to follow the instructions from the manufacturer of the ice cream maker. That said, if you want to skip this step, you can use a store-bought version. 
Keyword ale 8 one, Ale-8-One Cherry, Cherry Ice Cream Floats, Ice Cream floats

Want to top your ice cream float with homemade whipped cream? Get my recipe here!

Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float

About Ale-8-One

Launched in July of 1926, Ale-8-One is the only Kentucky-invented soft drink still in existence. It was invented by G. L. Wainscott and was named via one of America’s first slogan contests at the Clark County Fair. “A Late One” – the winning entry – was a pun adopted for its witty description. From that, a Kentucky legacy transpired.

Cherry Ale-8-One

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Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

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Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float

Enjoy my Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float? Check out my other recipes here!

Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float

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