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Enjoy cocktails with the 91-year-old Southern craft soda

Made in Winchester, Kentucky, Ale-8-One recently made its debut in Roanoke—and other Virginia cities—at various Kroger stores. Developed during Prohibition, the popular 91-year-old Southern craft soda is often considered bourbon’s original mixer. Its real ginger and smooth citrus flavor profile makes it an ideal mixer for a variety of spirits—perfect for entertaining! The company still uses a handwritten secret formula, mixed by the current CEO Fielding Rogers, fourth-generation family owner, to achieve its signature taste. Ale-8-One is the oldest independent soda company in the United States still owned and operated by the founding family.

Bracing Spritz

Yields 1 cocktail


1 ½ ounces Aperol


Orange slice

Prosecco or Champagne, if desired


  1. 1. Fill a rocks or Collins glass with ice. Add Aperol and fill glass with Ale-8-One. Garnish with an orange slice. Add prosecco or Champagne if a stronger cocktail is desired.


Yields 1 cocktail

2 teaspoons Ale-8 simple syrup (recipe below)

6 to 8 mint leaves

Crushed ice

1 ½ ounces bourbon



  1. 1. Gently muddle simple syrup and mint leaves in a silver julep cup. Fill cup with crushed ice. Add bourbon and fill cup with Ale-8-One. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Ale-8-One and Ginger-Infused Simple Syrup

1 ½ cups water

½ cup of Ale-8-One

½ cup sugar

2 teaspoons minced ginger (More or less depending on taste.)


  1. 1. In a small pot, add water, Ale-8-One, sugar, minced ginger and place on stove burner on medium heat. Simmer gently for 5 to 10 minutes until desired consistency is reached. Add more or less water or sugar to reach your desired syrup consistency. Syrup should be thick, not runny.