|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. 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 particularly strong variant involves a double measure of vodka poured into the drink; this is known as a turbo diesel. Though Snakebites are usually served mixed, some drinkers prefer to float the beer on top of the cider.
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."
Serving a Snakebite from separate cider and lager taps or bottles is not illegal in the UK, despite sources which suggest otherwise. It is often said that the illegality arises due to mixing two drinks with differing alcohol contents, but this makes the Snakebite no different from a cocktail.
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- "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.