|Standard drinkware||Pint glass|
|Commonly used ingredients||
|Preparation||Mix in equal volumes in a standard pint glass|
A snakebite is an alcoholic drink. Traditionally, in the United Kingdom it is made with equal parts of lager and cider with a dash of blackcurrant cordial. Through the seventies and early eighties, bar staff included the blackcurrant cordial less and less until customers became fed up complaining and began asking for a "snakebite & black".
Most people think of a snakebite as just equal parts of lager and cider, asking for a "snakebite and black" if they want it the traditional way with a dash of blackcurrant cordial.
Stout may be used instead of lager in the United States.
Availability in the UK
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. 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".
Snakebite is also the traditional drink of several universities; it is known as a Purple at the University of Warwick, a Nasty at Loughborough University, and a "Snakey-B" at the University of East Anglia. Its colour lends its name to Purple Wednesday, the official student night at Portsmouth University.
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