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Anthony: Welcome to the art of the drink video Podcast. My name is Anthony Caporale [bang sound] and we have with us this week our new drink art girl for August, Khat. How are you?
Khat: I am good.
Anthony: Khat could not be here last week, so we had Rachel filling in for her but she will be with us to the rest of the month of August. First offers for us, what we are going to do this week, I have been waiting for this drink for a long time. The big event this week is the premiere of the movie “Snakes on a Plane”. I cannot wait. So there is only one drink you can do if the movie Snakes on a Plane, we got to do Snakebite.
Cool thing about snakebite is there is actually a couple different versions depending on where in the world that you are. The version that we are going to do first is the version that you are going to get if you go into a bar anywhere in the United States and you order snakebite, 9 bartenders out of 10 are going to make you the version that I am about to make and it is a liquor based drink.
We start with a rocks glass and a rocks glass is a little bit smaller than a highball glass. It is usually about eight ounces and just going to go ahead and fill it with ice like we always do. Now the key to Snakebite is this liquor right here which is called Yukon Jack. Now, most people think Yukon Jack is whiskey and it is not. It is actually Canadian whiskey based but it has honey in it which sweetens it and that is what makes it the liquor. A liquor is based is basically a sweetened liquor.
Now, most liquors are less alcoholic than your standard liquor which is served at, you know, the proof of like vodka or gin with the normal bottle are?
Khat: I do not know 80?
Anthony: 80, exactly. 40% alcohol, 80 proof, good job! [Laughing] So most cordials or liquors that you get are going to be less strong that that. Yukon Jack is an exception. This baby is a 100 proof this bottle, all right? But it is good stuff, delicious again Canadian whiskey based.
What I am going to do is two ounces of Yukon Jack right over the ice into the glass. And I am going to top that with a half ounce of lime juice. Now, fans at Podcast know, I am a big fan of fresh ingredients and normally instead of sweetened lime juice, I would use fresh limejuice.
In this drink because we are working with a liquor, I actually like the roses sweetened lime juice so half ounce of that. The other thing that I am going to do that breaks all my rules; I am not going to shake this drink. I do no want this drink frothy; I do not want it particularly aerated. Basically what I am drinking here is straight Yukon Jack with just a little bit of flavoring in it, so that is how I want to present it.
So all I am going to do roll it in my mixing tin. Give it a nice swirl, and then back out into the glass. Add a cocktail stir and you have your American Snakebite.
Now if you are in Europe or if you in America with a bartender who really knows his stuff and you order snakebite, they are going to give you something completely different. And I mean completely different. It is actually a drink that is based with beer. It is half lager, which is light beer, and half dry cider.
Now, I am going to show you real quick the only key to making this drink is how you pour your beer. Assuming you are making it from a bottle and not a draft, but pouring beer is pouring beer.
The way you are supposed to pour beer is about half the beer down the side and then the rest of the beer down the middle and that gives you a nice head on the beer. Releases the flavor of the beer, makes the beer a little bit less carbonated, easier to drink.
For this drink, I do not want you to do that because I will not be able fill that with cedar now. So with this drink, I want you to pour straight down the side of the glass, and you can see I am not getting hardly any head, right about half the beer and then, I am going to take my cedar, nice and gently right down the middle and the cedar is going to drive the head on the beer and that is what is going to give me my good