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British Snakebite Drink Recipe

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Ingredients

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Mix or layer ingredients. Note - the mixture of beer and cider is so effective at making you drunk its illegal to serve Snakebite in pubs and bars in Britain!

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This drink recipe was submitted by one of our gifted readers, Cil!

Comments on British Snakebite:

By smike on May 20th, 2011 at 15:50:12

thanks my mates were like like we have given you snake bite and i wernt sure what it was lol

By Crystal on May 15th, 2011 at 05:38:04

I have just done a liscensing course and was informed that the mixing of lager/cider (snakebite) is illegal and you could lose your licience if found by the police to be serving it!

By Holly on April 2nd, 2011 at 17:57:18

It's definitely NOT illegal, I got served quite a few last night!

By Mouse on March 13th, 2011 at 13:01:18

It's a bit of a story that the blackcurrant combined with the lager/cider mix will coagulate in your stomach. I've got a bit merry on snakesbites in the past, but never thrown up any worse than when I overdo it on anything else.

As others have said, some places won't serve it because you're likely to not give a shit about what you're drinking and thus not the kind of person they want drinking in their pub.

They'd be right too.

By lukas on March 1st, 2011 at 04:19:50

I made a snake bite called the golden schnakebite
2 shots of goldschlager then half larger half cider
was at a party and was very merry after 2
and yes i can hold drinks :P

By Jason on December 21st, 2010 at 03:05:44

I drink it all of the time. And yeah most pubs say it's illegal because saying that is safer for the barstaff than to say "No, we don't serve it cos you may get violent!"

Half Cider (Strongbow)
Hlaf Lager (Fosters)
12 pints of the stuff and you'll be a bit forgetful to say the least! :)

(I can't drink it with the blackcurrant in it - ew)

By Nick on December 16th, 2010 at 05:06:53

All this talk of illegality is complete rubbish. Snakebite isn't that strong, it mixes lager (half a pint / 280ml) with cider (half a pint / 280ml). Even if its an export lager thats still only 1 pint of liquid at about 5% volume. Thats not prohibitive, it's the same strength as a pint of export lager.

As for this you cant mix different brands contracturally, complete rubbish.

The reason youre most likely to get refused it is because if you are young and ask for it, it's an indication of your attitude towards alcohol and more importantly to the landlord, an indication of your intention (however misguided by urban myths and otherwise) to want to get off your trolley.

If you really want to get spanked in a hurry, drink Carlsberg Special Brew or Gold Label barley wine. Both should be available at your local hostelry.

If you dont believe me, ask an alcoholic what they would drink to get wasted. If you suggest snakebite to them, you're likely to get laughed at.

By Sophie on November 24th, 2010 at 02:58:30

come on, its SASS.

By Jay on November 20th, 2010 at 15:32:07

Mer - I was at the Walkabout in London last summer when I was visiting family there! As a Canadian, i found it hard to find blackcurrant here but I did, and now its an instant classic!

By Heather K on November 17th, 2010 at 13:06:44

Are you kidding me? I studied abroad in Canterbury, was in London all the time, and all I really drank there were Snakebites. It's definitely not illegal. Go to England and ask for one. You won't regret it, it's the best thing ever.

By jo on September 21st, 2010 at 05:08:21

in pubs they cant mix the drinks for you but they can give you the two halves

By RIBS on August 1st, 2010 at 21:36:03

Heard someone ask for a snakebite in a south london pub recently and was refused. Brought back memories of the 70's when snakebite was a mix of strong lager and strong cider. But I can also remember people asking for a pint of "golden" or a pint of "chinese" back in those days, but I can't remember exactly what they were. I use to drink Light and Bitter in those days but you never hear of that nowadays. Also E & B [Worthington light and bitter] but one day in my local they ran out of Worthy lights so mixed a "Baby E and bitter" [a baby E being a barley wine] Some headeache that was! Can any one remember waht chines or golden were?

By Elwyn on June 10th, 2010 at 14:18:31

A green monster is a snake bite but you would have blue bols Curacao in it too.

A Green Death would be as above but vodka as well!

As a student in wales spent many a night heaving that shit up

By Arnold on June 7th, 2010 at 07:45:58

No, it is not illegal, it is just two halfs to make a pint. It is illegal, however, to put vodka in it.

By mer on May 22nd, 2010 at 14:59:39

I had several snake bites and snake bite black (with the shot of black currant) at the walkabouts in london. Specifically the one in sheppards bush several times. I just can't remember what lager to use.... any one I tried with american beer and american cider was not at all the same guiness is def not the right ingredient!

By Frank Morgan on April 8th, 2010 at 07:22:17

Its definitely not illegal, classic student drink

By Brian on February 19th, 2010 at 22:36:45

I'm from London. It is illegal to serve in pubs for two reasons: It's incredibly strong but easy to drink. And as Allison touched on, bars are contractually forbidden from serving brand-name labels in sizes smaller than a pint, meaning they can't mix two half pints of different brews.

By Peter on January 21st, 2010 at 20:27:16

Howards recipe is not a snake bite but a variation called a RED WITCH.Snake BIte IS only half Lager half Cider.

By Peter on January 21st, 2010 at 20:22:24

Proper Snakebite was originally a drink in the early 80's you would have at home before going out to get you off your tits and make you hyper BUT !!, the stuff people drink today is not the original recipe, this is... half a pint of STRONG cider (8%+ is good) then half a pint of STRONG lager beer (again 8%+) then add the venom (a shot of vodka) this is why it's called 'snakebite', to kill the bitter taste of alcohol add a large splash of blackcurrant juice, drink just the one pint to start with unless you are feeling brave, works best when thirsty !! .

Howard this is not a snake bite but is actually called a red witch the snake bite is as described by 99% of the comments just lager and cider!!!!!!!!

By phil mitchell on December 24th, 2009 at 11:22:03

snakebite was originally made from 50% bitter and 50% cider. This would not be served in many pubs as it would make the bitter cloudy, giving the impression to other customers that the bitter was not at its best. In recent years (1980) the majority of landlords will only serve a snakebite made with lager

By DSanchez on October 27th, 2009 at 13:21:34

In the US a Snakebite is serves Half Cider (Usually Widers) on the bottom and Half Guinness on the Top.

By Howard on September 20th, 2009 at 16:40:39

Proper Snakebite was originally a drink in the early 80's you would have at home before going out to get you off your tits and make you hyper BUT !!, the stuff people drink today is not the original recipe, this is... half a pint of STRONG cider (8%+ is good) then half a pint of STRONG lager beer (again 8%+) then add the venom (a shot of vodka) this is why it's called 'snakebite', to kill the bitter taste of alcohol add a large splash of blackcurrant juice, drink just the one pint to start with unless you are feeling brave, works best when thirsty !! .

By Allison on December 8th, 2008 at 12:37:28

The bartenders are also not allowed to mix different labels because of contract stuff or some other. But if you make friends with them, they may do it anyway.

By Rob on August 31st, 2008 at 11:28:29

It is not illegal to serve Snakebite in British pubs! That's an urban myth. Many pubs will refuse to serve it as whoever is drinking it is most likely a. Underage and b. Likely to vomit all over the carpet...

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Nutrition Information

Serving size: 250 mL (1 cup)

Calories 108 (453 kJ)
from alcohol 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbs. 9g 3%
Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 8.3mg 0%
Potassium 67.5mg 1%
Protein 0.8g
Vitamin A 0 IU 0%
Vitamin C 0 mg 0%
Calcium 10 mg 1%
Iron 0 mg 0%
Vitamin D 0 IU 0%
Folate 0 µ 0%
: Nutritional information disclaimer

*: Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your diet needs.

‡: Does not include Strongbow

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