Snakebite Cocktail

Happy Monday! Here’s a quick and delicious shandy (beer cocktail) to kick off your week — or perhaps drown your sorrows that another work week has begun? 🙂

The Snakebite is an old pub favorite and has a reputation for being a fast way to get liquored up, and supposedly banned in some UK bars. Although the alcohol content is nothing more than would be expected in the 16 ounces, the lager cuts the sweetness of the cider, while retaining its smooth drinkability. Adding the black currant liqueur makes it a smidge more interesting, and I can see how it would be easy to throw a few (or many) of these back in a short amount of time…

Snakebite Cocktail
via CHOW
Makes one drink


  • 8 oz hard cider, chilled
  • 8 oz lager, chilled
  • 1/4 oz crème de cassis (black currant) liqueur, optional


  1. In a chilled glass, pour beer and cider, layering the lager on top of the cider by holding a spoon over the glass and slowly pouring the lager over the back of the spoon.
  2. Top with the crème de cassis, if using. Then this could be called a “Snakebite and black.”

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