Hands-on: 15 minutes | Total 15 minutes
Ale-8-One soda, or simply Ale-8 if you hail from the Bluegrass State, is a true Kentucky classic, created in Winchester, Kentucky, over 90 years ago. It tastes like ginger ale with a burst of citrus. If it’s not available at a store near you, order it online or substitute ginger beer or ginger ale. Don’t assemble this punch until ready to serve—transporting everything in a cooler to your tailgate site—so that it’s fizzy and ice cold upon pouring.
2 lemons, thinly sliced
1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
2 pints lemon sorbet (such as Häagen-Dazs), softened
4 (12-ounce) bottles chilled ginger and citrus-flavored soft drink (such as Ale-8-One) (or 11⁄2 quarts ginger ale or ginger beer)
Muddle 1 lemon slice and 1⁄2 cup of the mint leaves in a large pitcher until the juices release and the mint is fragrant. Add the sorbet and soft drink, stirring until the sorbet is melted and the mixture is combined. Discard the solids. Serve with the remaining lemon slices and mint leaves.