Cherrylicious Ale-8 Float: The Winning Recipe!

August 27, 2021
Cherrylicious Ale-8-One Float

Hey, y’all! I recently shared a recipe for my Ale-8-One Cherry Ice Cream Float, which featured homemade vanilla ice cream. It was a simple take on a Cherry Ale-8 Float, though a classic. Along with my recipe, many fans of Ale-8 across the Commonwealth of Kentucky submitted their best float recipe in a recent promotion – and I’m excited to announce that we have a winner: the Cherrylicious Ale-8 Float. Hear me when I say this: this recipe is absolutely mouthwatering! I know you are going to love it and I’m excited to share it with y’all today.

Cherrylicious Ale-8-One Float

The Cherrylicious Ale-8 Float is the creation of Ale-8 fan Tina Tomlinson. Tina: what an awesome recipe! Thank you for sharing, as I will continue making this for years to come!

This post is in partnership with Ale-8-One. Thank you for supporting those that make JCP Eats possible. All opinions expressed, as always, are my own.

Cherrylicious Ale-8-One Float

Cherrylicious Ale-8 Float: The Winning Recipe!

This is a very inventive take on an ice cream float. It features many pre-made ingredients, which makes this recipe easy-to-make… yet, complex and multi-faceted in flavor. Highlights include ready-made cheesecake, vanilla ice cream, cherry pie filling, and – of course – Cherry Ale-8! It’s as sinfully delicious as it sounds. Topped with a maraschino cherry, it’s a cherry explosion in the best of ways.

Cherrylicious Ale-8-One Float

Recipe FAQ

What soda should I use to top the float?

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.

What’s Cherry Ale-8 like?

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 Cherry Ale-8 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.

Tips for making this recipe?

Tina makes this recipe simple for those of us that don’t have a lot of extra time in the kitchen. Visit your local grocery store and pick up your choice vanilla ice cream, ready-made cheesecake from the freezer section, canned cherry pie filling, and all other necessary ingredients. I like picking up these ingredients from Kroger, as it’s the place I most often purchase my Ale-8-One (both regular, zero, and cherry). Bonus points, in my book: use a Kentucky-made vanilla ice cream!

The Recipe

Cherrylicious Ale-8-One Float
Cherrylicious Ale-8-One Float

Cherrylicious Ale-8 Float

JC Phelps
Looking for the perfect summertime Kentucky Treat? Try the Cherrylicious Ale-8 Float, which was submitted by Ale-8 fan Tina Tomlinson. Try it and you'll see why it was the promotion winner this year!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 617 kcal


  • 12 oz Cherry Ale-8
  • 1 small ready-made cheesecake cut into cubes
  • 12 oz cherry pie filling
  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream
  • Reddi-Wip for topping, optional
  • maraschino cherries for topping, optional
  • graham cracker for topping, optional


  • Using a 12oz mason jar, layer the following ingredients twice: vanilla ice cream, prepared cheesecake and cherry pie filling.
  • Open the bottle of Cherry Ale-8, take a sip (because you can) and pour in the Cherry Ale-8, filling to the top of the jar.
  • Top with Reddi-Wip, a maraschino cherry and graham cracker crumbles.
  • Add a straw & spoon to enjoy!


Sodium: 211mgCalcium: 315mgVitamin C: 4mgVitamin A: 1172IUSugar: 58gFiber: 2gPotassium: 562mgCholesterol: 104mgCalories: 617kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 16gFat: 26gProtein: 9gCarbohydrates: 87gIron: 1mg
Keyword ale 8, ale 8 one, Ale-8-One Cherry, ale-8-one cherrylicious float, Cherry Ice Cream Floats
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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.

You can purchase Ale-8 in many locations across Kentucky, including Kroger. Can’t find it? Don’t worry! You can shop Ale-8-One here.

Cherrylicious Ale-8-One Float

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My best,


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Cherrylicious Ale-8-One Float

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