Snakebite (drink)

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Snakebite alcoholic beverage.jpg
TypeMixed drink
ServedWithout ice (no rocks)
Standard drinkware
Pint Glass (Mixing).svg
Pint glass
Commonly used ingredients
  • One part Lager/bitter
  • One part Cider
PreparationMix in a standard pint glass equal parts lager and cider

A snakebite is an alcoholic drink from the United Kingdom. Traditionally, it is made with equal parts of lager and cider. If a dash of blackcurrant cordial is added, it is known as a "snakebite & black" or a "diesel". Different regional recipes and names exist.

Stout may be used instead of lager in the United States.[1]

Availability in the UK[edit]

A snakebite is typically served in a pint. Serving a snakebite from separate cider and lager taps or bottles is legal in the UK, despite sources that suggest otherwise.[2] In 2001, former US President Bill Clinton was refused a snakebite when he ordered one at the Old Bell Tavern in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, with pub manager Jamie Allen saying "It's illegal to serve it here in the UK."[3]


  1. ^ Shop, Brooklyn Brew. "Beer Cocktail: Snakebite". Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ Archived September 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Clinton in Harrogate (Harrogate Advertiser, 15 June 2001) at the Wayback Machine (archived July 22, 2012)