Snakebite (drink)

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  • Without ice
Standard drinkware
Pint Glass (Mixing).svg
Pint glass
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 or stout[1] and (hard) cider.[2]

Snakebite is a popular drink in the United Kingdom[1] 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.[3] 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.[1]

Snakebite and black (with blackcurrant) is also known by the name diesel.[3][4] This drink is historically popular in student union bars.[citation needed] A stronger variant involves the addition of a shot of vodka; this is known as a turbo diesel.[5][6]

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.[citation needed]

Availability in the UK[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.[7] A manager of the pub, Jamie Allen, stated: "It's illegal to serve it here in the UK, you see."[8]

Serving a snakebite from separate cider and lager taps or bottles is not illegal in the UK,[9] despite sources that suggest otherwise[citation needed].