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Thirst-Day – The Snakebite drink


A snakebite is an alcoholic beverage containing equal parts of cider (fermented but unfiltered apple juice) and lager (beer that ferments slowly at low temperatures).

In the U.K., the cocktail may be served with some blackcurrant liqueur, referred to as a “snakebite and black” – or “diesel” in certain areas like Aberdeen. Add a shot of vodka into your snakebite and black, and you get a turbo diesel.

When in the U.S., stout (a type of ale) is sometimes used in place of lager.

Here’s how you can make your own snakebite – without involving an actual snake and/or injury:

Snakebite ingredients

  • 1/2 pint of lager
  • 1/2 pint of cider
  • A pint glass
  • A spoon (optional)


It’s simple: pour the cider into a pint glass, then the lager.

Tip: if you have a steady hand, try using the “back of the spoon” approach where you first pour the cider into the pint glass, then gently pour the beer over the back of a spoon. This lets the beer go down the edge of the glass and rest on top of the cider, forming visible layers.

Granted, it’s mainly aesthetics but if you’re making someone a drink, give it a go. Drink and enjoy!

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