Snakebite (drink)

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Type Mixed drink
  • 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 and cider.

Snakebite in the United Kingdom may be served with a dash of blackcurrant cordial, referred to as a snakebite and black.[1] 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. Serving a snakebite from separate cider and lager taps or bottles is not illegal in the UK, despite sources that suggest otherwise.[6] In 2001, former US President Bill Clinton was refused a snakebite when he ordered one at the Old Bell Tavern in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Pub manager Jamie Allen said "It's illegal to serve it here in the UK."[7]