Snakebite (drink)

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Snakebite
Served
  • Without ice
Commonly used ingredients
  • One part beer
  • One part cider
Preparation Mix in equal volumes in a standard pint glass.

A snakebite is an alcoholic drink made with equal parts of lager and cider.

Snakebite in the United Kingdom may be served with a dash of blackcurrant squash, referred to as a snakebite and black.[1] Originally the 'black' would have been Cassis liqueur making the drink more potent and alcoholic. Stout may be used instead of lager in the United States.[2]

Snakebite and black is also known by the name diesel.[1][3] A stronger variant involves the addition of a shot of vodka, known as a turbo diesel.[4][5]

Availability in the UK[edit]

Snakebite is typically served in pints. In 2001, former US President Bill Clinton was refused a snakebite when he ordered one at the Old Bell Tavern in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.[6] A manager of the pub, Jamie Allen, stated: "It's illegal to serve it here in the UK, you see."[7]

Serving a snakebite from separate cider and lager taps or bottles is not illegal in the UK, despite sources that suggest otherwise.[8]

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