Snake In The Grass Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Snake In The Grass cocktail is a refreshing, herbaceous drink that's perfect for those who enjoy a bit of a kick in their cocktail. It's believed to have originated in the 1970s, during the height of the disco era, when cocktails with exotic names were all the rage. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy gin-based drinks with a hint of citrus and a touch of sweetness.

How Snake In The Grass Tastes?

The Snake In The Grass cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet, sour, and herbaceous flavors. The gin provides a strong, juniper-forward base, while the lemon juice adds a tangy sourness. The simple syrup balances out the sourness with a touch of sweetness, and the mint leaves lend a refreshing, herbaceous note.

Interesting facts about Snake In The Grass

  • The Snake In The Grass cocktail is traditionally served in a highball glass.
  • Despite its name, the cocktail does not contain any snake-related ingredients.
  • The cocktail is often garnished with a sprig of mint, which adds to its refreshing flavor.


A few good options for Snake In The Grass are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is the spirit base of your cocktail, providing a botanical backbone. Why 2 oz? It’s the perfect amount to balance flavor and potency; any less, you'd be at a lemonade stand, any more, and you might as well call it a day at the office. Without it—well, you'd have a minty lemon soda, wouldn't you?

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice gives your drink that tart, zesty kick. Why 1 oz? It counters the gin's dryness and should be enough to pucker up without turning your smile upside down. Skip it, and you lose the zing that makes the Snake hiss.

Emma Rose

Simple Syrup

Sweetness alert with the simple syrup! Why 1 oz? Because life's sweet, but not too sweet. It balances the tartness of the lemon. Forget it, and your Snake might just bite with bitterness.

Alex Green

Mint Leaves

Mint is the cool breeze in your cocktail. 6-8 leaves? Enough to freshen up, not too much to start a garden party in your glass. No mint, no magic; you'd miss the herby charm.

Mary Mitkina

Soda Water

The soda water tops it up for a fizzy finish. Just enough to fill the glass creates a refreshing effervescence. Leave it out, and you've got a flat, sad Snake that's lost its sizzle.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Snake In The Grass Drink

  1. Muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup in a highball glass.
  2. Add the gin and lemon juice.
  3. Fill the glass with ice and top up with soda water.
  4. Stir well and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Muddle the mint leaves gently to release their flavor without tearing them.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a colder, more refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cucumber sandwiches: The freshness of cucumbers complements the mint and gin.
  • Grilled shrimp: The cocktail's citrus notes pair nicely with seafood.

Main Courses

  • Grilled chicken: The lemon in the cocktail would match well with a herby chicken.
  • Lamb with mint sauce: The mint in both the dish and the cocktail creates a harmonious flavor.


  • Lemon sorbet: Enhances the tangy flavor of the cocktail.
  • Fruit tarts: The sweetness balances the tartness of the cocktail.

Other Beverages

  • Chilled green tea: To continue the refreshing theme.
  • Champagne: For an upscale, bubbly experience that complements the soda water.

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What you could change in Snake In The Grass

  • Gin: You can substitute the gin with vodka for a less juniper-forward flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: You can substitute the simple syrup with honey for a more natural sweetness.

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Cucumber Slide

  • Add 3-4 thin cucumber slices when muddling the mint.
  • Why change? It adds a spa-like freshness, making your cocktail even more garden-party ready.

Spicy Serpent

  • Muddle a small slice of jalapeño with the mint leaves.
  • What happens? You get a fiery kick that'll make you shed your skin—or at least, make your taste buds dance!

Berry in the Bush

  • Use 0.5 oz raspberry syrup instead of simple syrup.
  • Add a few fresh raspberries to the mix.
  • Result? A fruit-forward twist with a berry blush, for when you're feeling just a bit wild in the wilderness.

In case you forgot basics how to make Snake In The Grass

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Snake In The Grass

What type of gin works best for the Snake In The Grass cocktail?

Any good quality dry gin works well for this cocktail. However, using a gin with a more pronounced botanical flavor profile may enhance the overall taste.

Can the Snake In The Grass cocktail be made as a mocktail (non-alcoholic version)?

Yes. You can substitute the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or simply leave it out. Replace the simple syrup with a non-sugar sweetener if desired, and use non-alcoholic soda water.

How can I incorporate seasonal fruits into this cocktail?

You can add muddled berries or slices of cucumbers during spring and summer months. In the cooler months, consider adding a splash of seasonal crushed fruits or fruit juice.

Is the Snake In The Grass cocktail suitable for a party or a gathering?

Yes, the Snake In The Grass is a great party cocktail as it is refreshing and not too strong, making it ideal for social events.

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