Snakebite
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Snakebite
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4.7 / 5
The Snakebite cocktail is a popular drink that originated in the United Kingdom, known for its intense flavor and bold combination of ingredients. This cocktail is typically made with a ... more The Snakebite cocktail is a popular drink that originated in the United Kingdom, known for its intense flavor and bold combination of ingredients. This cocktail is typically made with a dash of blackcurrant cordial, 280ml of cider, and 280ml of lager. The blackcurrant cordial adds a syrupy sweetness to the drink, while the cider brings a refreshing tartness. The lager, often a pale ale, balances out the sweetness and adds a crisp finish. This unique combination creates a potent beverage that is enjoyed by many. The name "Snakebite" is said to have originated from the legend that drinking this cocktail can have a powerful and potentially dangerous effect, just like a snake's venom. Despite its reputation, the Snakebite remains a popular choice among drinkers looking for a bold and flavorful experience.
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5% | 2.8 units *

Pint glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Snakebite is a daring mix of cider and lager with a hint of blackcurrant, striking a balance between tart, sweet, and bitter notes. It’s a bold, no-frills concoction that lives up to its name with a reputation for its potent and crisp bite.

Method
How to make a Snakebite

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Get a half pint of cider and fill the rest with lager
Add a dash of blackcurrant and serve

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use any cider for making a Snakebite cocktail?

Yes, you can use any type of cider to make a Snakebite cocktail, though the choice may affect the overall taste. Traditional versions often use a dry or semi-dry cider, but feel free to experiment with sweet ciders for a different flavor profile.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

Is there a specific way to pour the ingredients for a Snakebite?

For a Snakebite, it's generally recommended to pour the cider into the pint glass first, followed by the lager. If you're adding blackcurrant cordial, it can be poured in last so it infuses through the drink, creating a layered effect.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are best suited for serving Snakebite cocktails?

Snakebites are often associated with casual gatherings, pub settings, or sports events. They're particularly popular in the UK and can be a hit at any informal gathering or as a refreshing choice during the warmer months.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Snakebite compare to other popular cocktails?

A Snakebite has an alcohol content of about 5%, which is lower than many classic cocktails like Margaritas or Martinis but similar to the content found in most beers and ciders. It offers a lighter alcohol option that's still flavorful.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of lager is best used in a Snakebite cocktail?

For a Snakebite, a lighter lager works best as it blends well with the sweetness of the cider and the tartness of the blackcurrant cordial. Ales or heavier beers may overpower the delicate balance of flavors in the cocktail.

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