The formula for Diet Ale 8 was perfected after years of extensive research and development. Introduced in 2003, Diet Ale 8 was the first new product from the company since Ale-8-One was launched in 1926. State-of-the-art sweeteners, including sucralose (Splenda), were chosen for their qualities to sweeten without leaving the aftertaste commonly associated with aspartame. Further, Diet Ale 8 contains no calories or aspartame.
Characteristics of Diet Ale-8-One Soda
- Described as a ginger ale with a "kick"
- A ginger and citrus blend, containing less carbonation, and zero calories
- Bottled in Winchester, Kentucky since 2003
- Contains 44 mg of caffeine (compared to 45 mg for Diet Coke)
- Sweetened with state-of-the-art sweeteners, including sucralose (Splenda)
- 12 ounce glass bottles
Makes Great Cocktails
Some Kentuckians are fond of mixing Diet Ale-8-One with one of the commonwealth's many bourbons, such as Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey or Buffalo Trace. This concoction has come to be known as "The Kentucky Cocktail" and is a signature drink at multiple Kentucky establishments and Derby Day parties everywhere. Diet Ale-8 is also often mixed with vodka or Seagram's Seven to produce "Tender Lovin" and "Kentucky Beer" cocktails, respectively. The unusual Ale-8-One name, pronounced "a late one," is rumored to have been its creator's play on words in dubbing it "the latest thing" in beverages at that time, although some suspect the name had more to do with the wee-hours nights this beverage can induce when mixed!
About Ale-8-One Bottling Company
It is bottled by the Ale-8-One Bottling Company, a family-owned enterprise in the small town of Winchester, Kentucky, near Lexington, where the beverage is especially popular. G.L. Wainscott blended the first batch in 1926. To choose a name for the drink, Wainscott sponsored one of the first name-the-product contests in the United States; "A Late One" was chosen as the winning entry. The "Ale-8-One" logo is a pun of the phrase suggesting that his product was "the latest thing" in soft drinks. Today, the unique mix of ginger and fruit is still made using the same secret family recipe handed down by Mr. Wainscott.