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Encyclopedia > Snakebite (beer cocktail)
Type: Beer cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume:
Served: "Neat"; undiluted and without ice (see also straight up)
Standard drinkware: Pint glass
Commonly used ingredients:
Preparation: Mixed in equal volumes in a standard beer glass

Snakebite is a cocktail made from cider (the alcoholic drink known as hard cider in the United States) and lager beer. In the United States, it has evolved from common patrons in many bars to mean a beer cocktail of half-Guinness, half-cider. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Look up snakebite in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The shot glass containing Midori was dropped into a shandy, making a fairly potent beer cocktail. ... For other uses, see Beer (disambiguation). ... Straight up is a term used in bartending. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A pint glass is a drinking vessel holding a British pint (568ml; ≈1. ... For other uses, see Beer (disambiguation). ... Cider in a pint glass Cider (or cyder) is an alcoholic beverage made primarily from the juices of specially grown varieties of apples. ... For other uses, see Cocktail (disambiguation). ... Cider in a pint glass Cider (or cyder) is an alcoholic beverage made primarily from the juices of specially grown varieties of apples. ... Lager is a well attenuated beer brewed in cool conditions using a slow-acting brewers yeast, known as a bottom-fermenting yeast, and then stored (or lagered) for a period in cool conditions to clear away particles and certain flavour compounds to produce a clean taste. ... For other uses, see Beer (disambiguation). ...


Basic snakebite

The basic snakebite is a mixture of equal parts of lager and cider (or alternatively a 1:2 mix), typically served in pint or half-pint servings. Though it is often served mixed, some variants "float" the beer atop the cider in separate layers. A snakebite is also know as a shoot(in Canada) which is 1/2 tequila and 1/2 Jack Daniels. The pint is an English unit of volume or capacity in the imperial system and United States customary units, equivalent in each system to one half of a quart, and one eighth of a gallon. ...


In some jurisdictions, places that serve beers, wines, or ciders require an additional or different liquor license to serve mixed drinks. As a result, some bars and pubs do not serve snakebites, stating it would be illegal to do so. Others sell the individual components for the drink, but will not served them mixed. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... In scuba diving, the word cocktail also means a hazard with diving with some rebreathers: it means a caustic solution resulting from water reaching and dissolving the absorbent. ...

However, it is far more common for a proprietor to refuse to serve snakebites because some people tend to drink them quickly and become drunk and belligerent, rather than there being a legal prohibition against it.

In June, 2001, former U.S. President Bill Clinton was refused the drink when he ordered one at a pub in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.[1] William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... , Harrogate is a large town in North Yorkshire, England. ... North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan or shire county, located in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, and a ceremonial county in that region and also partly in North East England. ...


With blackcurrant cordial

In the Snakebite and Black (confusingly also known as Snakebite, Diesel, Purple PEP, Snakey B, Purple Nasty, Purple, Black, or Red Beer) variation, a shot of blackcurrant cordial (or crème de cassis) is added to the lager and cider. Alternative variations can be made by using Bénédictine or green Chartreuse liqueurs. With or without blackcurrant cordial, this version of snakebite and black is stereotypically associated with several post-punk subcultures, most notably Goth. Snakebite and Black is the drink of choice for field hockey players and supporters, especially during hockey festivals, and is also popular among University students in the United Kingdom. In the UK, the Diesel name comes from the similarity to the way in which "untaxed" diesel is marked with red fuel dyes for identification purposes. In some parts of the North West of England and in particular the city of Preston, this drink is also known as Jizzy Juice. Binomial name L. The Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) is a species of Ribes berry native to central and northern Europe and northern Asia. ... Look up cordial in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Binomial name Ribes nigrum L. The blackcurrant is a temperate shrub which produces small edible berries with a high natural vitamin C content, which are very dark purple/blue in colour—almost black—hence the name. ... Bénédictine is a brandy-based herbal liqueur beverage produced in France. ... Bottle of Green Chartreuse Chartreuse is a French liqueur composed of distilled wine alcohol flavored with 130 herbal extracts. ... Bottles of strawberry liqueur A liqueur is a sweet alcoholic beverage, often flavoured with fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, roots, plants, barks, and sometimes cream. ... This article is about the late 20th / early 21st century subculture. ... A game of field hockey in progress Field hockey is a popular sport for men and women in many countries around the world. ... For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ...

With stout

The name snakebite is commonly mistakenly applied to a combination of stout (often Guinness ) and cider. This is properly referred to as a Poor Man's Black Velvet. Bottles of Imperial Stout Stout and porter are dark beers made using roasted malts or roast barley. ... Guinness logo Guinness is Good for You — Irish language advertisement. ... The Black Velvet cocktail, also known as a Bismarck, is a cocktail made from a stout beer (often Guinness) and a white, sparkling wine, traditionally champagne. ...

With Newcastle Brown Ale

This variation replaces the lager with Brown ale and is called a dog bite, referring to a nickname for the ale. Newcastle Brown Ale. Newcastle Brown Ale is a brand of dark brown ale. ...

Guinness & Harp

This combination is commonly known as a Black and Tan or Half and Half.

Unblended variations

A variation on the Snakebite involves not blending the beer and cider, such that the two ingredients form distinct layers in the glass. This is commonly done by pouring the first layer into the glass and then pouring the remaining ingredient onto a bent spoon held just above the rising top of the liquid. A Black Adder is cider on the bottom, stout on the top. A Crown Float is a branded version of this with Strongbow cider on the bottom and Guinness stout on the top. Some Strongbow cider in a Pint glass Strongbow is a brand of mass-produced cider manufactured in England by Bulmers. ...

Red Witch

As with many variants of Snake Bite, this name actually applies to two drinks. During the 1980s and 1990s, it was the name given by the Goth music community of West Yorkshire to a snakebite and black with a shot of pernod added. The second, more potent variation adds vodka to that mix. Pernod Ricard is a French company producing alcoholic beverages. ... Vodka bottling machine, Shatskaya Vodka Shatsk, Russia Vodka (Polish: wódka, Russian: водка) is one of the worlds most popular distilled beverages. ...

With grenadine

In the popular Australia backpacker pub, Scubar Downunder 4 Rawson Place, a Snakebite consists of beer, Cider and grenadine only. This concoction was created by Senior George Booth and is available in many other Australian pubs.[citation needed] This same mixture is commonly called a "grenadine" or a "Monaco" in the French-speaking parts of Europe. When ordered in France, most bars will make a "Monaco" with half beer/half limonade then adding the grenadine syrup. [citation needed] It is also known as "grena-beer" or "Christmas beer."

With stronger beer

A higher-alcohol version of the snakebite, known by names such as turbo diesel, deadly diesel, super snakebite or power snakebite is made by combining a super lager with an ABV of at least 8% (usually Special Brew or Tennent's Super) with a cheap cider such as White Lightning. Malt liquor is an American term referring to a type of beer that has a high alcohol content and is therefore considered too alcoholic to be called beer. In the UK, similar beers are called super lager. ... Alcohol by volume (ABV) is an indication of how much alcohol (expressed as a percentage) is included in an alcoholic beverage. ... Special Brew is a very strong lager brewed in Denmark and the United Kingdom. ... Wellpark Brewery was founded in 1785 in Glasgow, Scotland. ... Cider in a pint glass Cider (or cyder) is an alcoholic beverage made primarily from the juices of specially grown varieties of apples. ...

With distilled spirits

Another variation (Snakebite with Venom, Poison Snakebite, Sharkbite, Turbo Diesel) involves adding a shot of a spirit to the mix (usually vodka). Vodka can also be added to the Snakebite and Black variant, this is generally known as a Turbo Snakebite and Black, Viper Bite or a Snakebite and Black GTI. When a shot of vodka and blackcurrant cordial is added to a Poor Man's Black Velvet, it becomes known as a Turbo Kenny in Scotland, or Hooligan's Soup in Northern Ireland. A variation of the Snakebite and Black, is Snakebite Blackjack, which involves mixing in a shot of Jack Daniels after the blackcurrant cordial. Vodka bottling machine, Shatskaya Vodka Shatsk, Russia Vodka (Polish: wódka, Russian: водка) is one of the worlds most popular distilled beverages. ... The distinctive bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey is familiar around the world. ...

With Red Aftershock

Essentially the same drink as the Snakebite and Black, only substituting blackcurrant with 50ml of Red Aftershock liqueur, of the cinnamon variety. Aftershock is a liqueur drink produced in Canada by Jim Beam Brands and distributed by Munson Shaw Co. ...

With Blue Sourz

Popular in the North East of England, this cocktail is known as either a "Blue Mod" or an "I supported Franco in the Spanish Civil War". // Franco may refer to: Franco is a common surname in Portuguese and Spanish which derives from the word Frank, in reference to the Germanic tribe of the Franks, who invaded the modern-day France during the Migration period[1]. Political figures Francisco Franco, Spanish head of state. ... Not to be confused with the Spanish Civil War of 1820-1823. ...

Snake Bomb

A traditional Snake Bite with blackcurrant cordial with an added twist, a Jagerbomb is placed in the middle of the drink. This drink was developed in London by the less wealthy, money saving, back packing South African community. The Jägerbomb, or simply Jagerbomb, is a cocktail combining one shot of Jägermeister dropped into a glass of an energy drink, usually Red Bull. ...


Cider (Usually Strongbow) with a lager (Any) mixed with Jack Daniel's bourbon and Coke. For the running coach, see Jack Daniels (coach). ...

Champagne Snakebite

A form of snakebite consisting of champagne, lager (traditionally Stella Artois) and blackcurrant or creme de cassis.



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