Snakebite Recipe

Snakebite Recipe

[Photograph: Christopher Lehault]

The Snakebite is a simple cocktail of equal parts lager and hard cider. The result is a refreshing combination of tart apple notes from the cider with malty grain character from the lager. The cocktail is so drinkable that bars sometimes refuse to serve it since it tends to lead to rapid intoxication.

For a layered effect, pour the cider slowly over the back of a spoon.

For a variation on the Snakebite, substitute a stout for the lager to create a Poor Man's Black Velvet, or add a shot of créme de cassis to make a Diesel.

  • Yield:1
  • Active time: 2 minutes
  • Total time:2 minutes


  • 1/2 pint lager
  • 1/2 pint hard cider


  1. 1.

    Slowly pour beer into a pint glass tilted at a 45º angle. Stand the glass upright and wait for the beer to settle. Pour the cider directly on top of the beer.