, Gloucester, MA

March 13, 2013

Snake Bite: Better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times

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On St. Patrick’s Day, it’s hard to think of anything more traditional than a tall, cool pint of Guinness with a side of corned beef and cabbage.

Chad Lothian of “If My Coasters Could Talk,” a beer enthusiast blog about some of the best beers and beer recipes, suggests mixing things up this year. And not with just your run-of-the-mill lager or stout, but rather with a concoction whose name boarders on scary: the Snake Bite.

Doubling as both a healthy helping of alcohol and as a bar trick (if you can master the black-and-tan spoon), the Snake Bite is a drink best not drunk by the faint of heart. With its layer of dark, swirling stout at the top and a dry, light cider at the bottom, this drink is visually as stimulating as it is tasty.

For first-timers to this drink, Lothian offers a suggestion: “Not using a dry cider will give you more of a cloudy drink than a truly separated drink.”

Either way, this drink is sure to help you celebrate properly this St. Patrick’s Day.

Snake Bite

Difficulty: Medium

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Servings: 1


1 pint glass

1 bottle stout beer

1 bottle dry cider


1. Fill one half of a glass with dry, hard cider.

2. Using a black and tan spoon, or household kitchen spoon, carefully pour the stout over the upside down spoon.


Recipe courtesy of Chad Lothian of “If My Coasters Could Talk”, 2013.