|Standard drinkware||Pint glass|
|Commonly used ingredients||
|Preparation||Mix in equal volumes in a standard pint glass.|
Snakebite is a popular drink in the United Kingdom where it is made with lager and may be served with a dash of blackcurrant squash, which is referred to as a snakebite and black. Originally the 'black' would have been cassis liqueur making the drink more potent and alcoholic. Stout may be used instead of lager when the drink is served in the United States.
Snakebite and black (with blackcurrant) is also known by the name diesel. This drink is historically popular in student union bars. A stronger variant involves the addition of a shot of vodka; this is known as a turbo diesel.
Even if the beer and the cider are perfectly clear before being mixed, the resulting drink will often be cloudy unless it was made with a dry cider.
Availability in the UK
A snakebite is typically served in pint servings. UK licensing laws make half-pint servings difficult, as the two main ingredients would have to be dispensed in strictly controlled quarter-pint servings. In June 2001, former US President Bill Clinton was refused a snakebite when he ordered one at the Old Bell Tavern in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. A manager of the pub, Jamie Allen, stated: "It's illegal to serve it here in the UK, you see."
- Wilson, Jason (2010-04-14). "Spirits: Beer cocktails". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- "Bill Clinton Refused His Snake". Internet Movie Database. June 13, 2001. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
- "Clinton in Harrogate". Harrogate Advertiser. June 15, 2001. Retrieved 2010-09-19.