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February 26, 2011

#57: American Snakebite

Fill a beer glass 3/4 full with hard cider, then fill with ale or lager.
Add 1 or 2 oz Vodka

This reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Escape from New York, with Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken.

In 1988, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: once you go in, you don't come out.

Attention. You are now entering the Debarkation Area. No talking. No smoking. Follow the orange line to the Processing Area. The next scheduled departure to the prison is in two hours. You now have the option to terminate and be cremated on the premises. If you elect this option, notify the Duty Sergeant in your Processing Area.

"The survival of the human race, Plissken. Something you don't give a shit about."

"I heard you were dead.
I thought you'd be taller."

"You going to kill me, Snake?"
"Not now, I'm too tired.
Maybe later."


This is a real man's drink. Hot damn that's good! Beer, cider, vodka, what could go wrong?

What could go wrong is that this is so good that I know I will order more than 1 when I am out drinking. And this drink will seriously kick my ass. The beer and cider together were awesome, but adding in the vodka helped everything. I do mean everything.

The name of American Snakebite is very appropriate. This drink will sneak up on you. Tasty and fun, you're having a good time with these ingredients until you get ambushed. They sneak up on you and really do a number on your nervous system. Next thing you know, friends will be driving you to the nearest hospital.

Definitely one of my favorite drinks so far, even of all time.

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