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Snake Bite Shot Recipe

As the name suggests, the Snake Bite Shot Recipe is a potent shooter that is great for parties and gatherings.

This shot has been around for decades and there are lots of different variations. 

If you are a fan of whiskey cocktails and love the taste of lime, you will really enjoy this shot recipe that is sure to get you in the party mood! 

Read on for the recipe and alternative recipes. 

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What Is A Snake Bite Cocktail?snake bite shot recipe Southern Comfort

A “snake bite” is a shot consisting of one part whiskey and one part liqueur or lime juice, with the drinker consuming it in one go.

The name comes from its effect on your head – it’s said to feel like you’ve been bitten by a snake!

If you’re looking for an effective way to get drunk fast, this drink might be just what you need.

How To Make A Snake Bite Shot

The snake bite is a really simply shot that really packs a punch. All you need to make it are:

  • Whiskey (the Snake Bite shot with Southern Comfort is a favorite)
  • Lime Juice or Lime cordial
  • Hot sauce (optional)

For the lime juice, you can use the juice of a freshly squeezed lime or bottled lime juice.

You can also opt to use Lime cordial or if you really want your shot to have a “bite” you can also use a lime liqueur such as Patron Citronge Lime

Snake Bite shot recipe
Yield: 1

Snake Bite Shot Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes

The Snake Bite Shot Recipe can make made with Southern Comfort or another kind of whiskey. It is a great shot for large gatherings and parties and is quick and easy to make.


  • 1.5 oz Whiskey
  • Lime Juice
  • Hot Sauce (optional)
  • Wedge of lime for garnish


  1. Fill your shot glass with whiskey, leaving a little bit of room at the top
  2. Top the glass with lime juice
  3. Add 5-10 dashes of hot sauce as desired
  4. Garnish with a wedge of lime

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Variations On The Snake Bite Shot

Snake Bite shot recipe

The original recipe for a snake bite was simply whiskey and liqueur.

The drink is normally made with either lime juice or syrup, but you can try other flavors if you like – raspberry, peach schnapps and cranberry come to mind.

Bloody Snake Bite Shot Recipe

Follow the regular recipe but add in a dash of cranberry juice for a sweeter version of the original and you have a Bloody Snake Bite. 

Snake Bite Shot With Tequila

Another popular variation on the regular Snake bite shot recipe is to use tequila instead of the lime.

This makes for a really potent shot that is 100% strong alcohol.

Snake Bite Shot With Yukon Jack

A lot of Snake Bite Shot recipes call for Yukon Jack instead of whiskey. 

What is Yukon Jack?

Yukon Jack is a Canadian honey based liqueur, made from Canadian Whisky and honey.

It is not strictly a whiskey as it is classified as a liqueur.

You can find it at most liqueur stores and it adds a really nice sweetness to your snake bite shot. 

British Snake Bite Cocktail

The British version of a Snake Bite is completely different from the US, whiskey based version above.

A UK snake bite is a beer based drink that is 50% beer and 50% alcoholic apple cider.

In Britain, the beer used is typically a lighter, larger based beer while in the States, a darker Stout or Guinness style beer is used. 

The addition of apple cider makes this a lighter beverage that is great for summer days.

A version called “Snake Bite and Black” adds in blackcurrant liqueur for a sweeter taste. 

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