At Home Valentine’s Dinner Menu Featuring Ale-8-One

February 10, 2021
Broccoli With Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Hey, y’all! Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching; in year’s past, I know that this meant finding the perfect dinner reservation for you and your +1. That said, many of us will be electing to spend the holiday in the comfort and safety of our homes in light of the pandemic. As such, I’m thrilled to share my At Home Valentine’s Dinner Menu today in partnership with my friends at Ale-8-One with y’all. These recipes are easy-to-make, yet sure to please!

At Home Valentine's Dinner Menu

At Home Valentine’s Dinner Menu

The Perfect Dinner Accompaniment: Ale-8-One Zero

Did y’all know that Ale-8-One recently released Ale-8 Zero Sugar? Ale-8 Zero Sugar is a low-calorie alternative with the same great taste as the original soda. The new-to-the-market Ale-8 Zero Sugar is a rebrand of Diet Ale-8, as it features the same recipe in a new, redesigned look. While it has zero sugar, zero calories, and zero aspartame, it’s still 100% Kentucky.

Ale-8-One Zero

The menu that you will find below pairs perfectly with Ale-8 Zero Sugar, as it is incorporated into both of the recipes: my ginger crab cakes and broccoli with homemade teriyaki sauce. As an addition, I also included links to a few of my other favorite side dishes to round out the meal!

At Home Valentine’s Dinner Menu Main Course: Ginger Crab Cakes

Ginger Crab Cakes

Ginger Crab Cakes


16 oz. lump crabmeat

1/3 c. mayonnaise

2/3 c. breadcrumbs

1 tbsp. dijon mustard

1 egg

2 tbsp. Ale-8 Zero Sugar

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. parsley, chopped

Black pepper, to taste

Old Bay Seasoning, to taste

Kosher salt, to taste

Garlic powder, to taste

Green Onions, for garnish

Vegetable oil, for cooking


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, Ale 8 One, lemon juice, chopped parsley, black pepper, Old Bay Seasoning, kosher salt, and garlic powder. Add in crabmeat and breadcrumbs, folding gently until well-incorporated.
  2. Shape crab cake mixture into patties of your desired size.
  3. Over medium heat, cook crab cakes in oil for roughly 2 minutes/side or until they are golden brown.
  4. Enjoy!

At Home Valentine’s Dinner Menu Side Dish: Broccoli With Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

At Home Valentine's Dinner Menu

Broccoli With Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Ingredients, Broccoli:

1 lb. fresh broccoli, florets only

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, to taste

Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions, Broccoli:

  1. Wash broccoli in cold water; pat dry.
  2. Trim the head of broccoli where the florets branch off. I like to use my kitchen shears to do this.
  3. Heavily salt a pot of water and bring it to a rolling boil.
  4. Add florets to the water and cook until tender, roughly 3 minutes.
  5. Drain florets and plate. Top with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning and a squirt of fresh lemon juice.

Ingredients, Homemade Teriyaki Sauce:

1/2 c. water

3 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. Ale-8 Zero Sugar

2 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. cornstarch

2 tbsp. cold water

Directions, Homemade Teriyaki Sauce:

  1. Over medium heat, combine 1/2 c. water, brown sugar, soy sauce, minced garlic, Ale-8-One, and honey.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch + cold water. Whisk until the cornstarch has fully dissolved.
  3. Add in the cornstarch mixture and heat until the sauce reaches your desired level of thickness.

Tip: if the sauce gets too thick, just add more water.


  1. Drizzle broccoli with homemade teriyaki sauce.
  2. Enjoy!

At Home Valentine's Dinner Menu

Additional Side Dishes

Looking for another side dish or two? Look no further than my Cheddar and Bacon Twice-Baked Southern Potatoes, Ale-8 Roasted Asparagus With Hollandaise Sauce, or my Asian Style Brussels Sprouts!

Roasted Asparagus With Hollandaise Sauce

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.

New Ale 8 One Zero

I love the ginger profile of the soda for both drinking + cooking. If a recipe calls for ginger, sub Ale-8-One, y’all — you’ll love the complexity it adds to the flavor!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


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