El Diablo Cocktail Drink

El Diablo

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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In the mood for an exciting cocktail to brighten your night? The El Diablo drink recipe is your answer! It’s full of zest, and the simple ingredients mean you can easily mix up this pleasing drink.

El Diablo Recipe

Warm up your winter with our easy El Diablo recipe! Tequila, lime juice, crème de cassis, and ginger beer make this cocktail a perfect match for frosty days.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

177 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Tequila
  • ½ oz Crème de Cassis
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime wheel or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour ½ oz fresh lime juice over the ice.
  • Measure and pour ½ oz Crème de Cassis into the glass.
  • Add 1½ oz Tequila to the mix.
  • Top off with ginger beer, leaving some room for stirring.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Place a lime wheel or twist into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, try using mezcal for a smokier flavor profile or a white rum for a lighter, more subtle taste.
  • Crème de Cassis: Raspberry liqueur can be used as a substitute if you can't find crème de cassis. It's less sweet, so you might want to adjust the amount of lime juice accordingly.
  • Ginger Beer: If you don't have ginger beer on hand, ginger ale can work in a pinch, though it will make the drink sweeter and less spicy.

Making a Pitcher of El Diablo:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Tequila, 4 oz of crème de cassis, and 4 oz of fresh lime juice. Top off with ginger beer to taste.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, top off with ginger beer, garnish with a lime wheel or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available and do a good job mimicking Tequila's flavor.
  • Crème de Cassis Substitute: Opt for a blackcurrant cordial or a simple syrup with some blackcurrant juice.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Just ensure that the specific brands of alcohol you're using are vegan, as some brands may use animal products in their processing methods.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
177
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Potassium
 
19
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
7
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

El Diablo Cocktail Drink

El Diablo Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Warm up your winter with our easy El Diablo recipe! Tequila, lime juice, crème de cassis, and ginger beer make this cocktail a perfect match for frosty days.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 177

Ingredients
 

  • oz Tequila
  • ½ oz Crème de Cassis
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime wheel or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour ½ oz fresh lime juice over the ice.
  • Measure and pour ½ oz Crème de Cassis into the glass.
  • Add 1½ oz Tequila to the mix.
  • Top off with ginger beer, leaving some room for stirring.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Place a lime wheel or twist into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, try using mezcal for a smokier flavor profile or a white rum for a lighter, more subtle taste.
  • Crème de Cassis: Raspberry liqueur can be used as a substitute if you can't find crème de cassis. It's less sweet, so you might want to adjust the amount of lime juice accordingly.
  • Ginger Beer: If you don't have ginger beer on hand, ginger ale can work in a pinch, though it will make the drink sweeter and less spicy.

Making a Pitcher of El Diablo:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Tequila, 4 oz of crème de cassis, and 4 oz of fresh lime juice. Top off with ginger beer to taste.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, top off with ginger beer, garnish with a lime wheel or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available and do a good job mimicking Tequila's flavor.
  • Crème de Cassis Substitute: Opt for a blackcurrant cordial or a simple syrup with some blackcurrant juice.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Just ensure that the specific brands of alcohol you're using are vegan, as some brands may use animal products in their processing methods.

What is an El Diablo cocktail?

An El Diablo drink is a tequila-based cocktail made of Tequila, crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur), lime juice, and ginger beer. This combination creates a refreshing and tangy flavor profile with a hint of sweetness from the blackcurrant liqueur.

The El Diablo is not difficult to make, as it follows the basic structure of many classic cocktails: spirit, sweetener, citrus, and mixer. The key to making this cocktail well is balance – ensuring that no one ingredient overpowers the others.

A side shot of an El Diablo cocktail in a highball glass on a light blue surface surrounded by a jigger, a bar spoon, a white cloth and a bowl with lime pieces

What is an El Diablo cocktail made of – The ingredients

Get ready to make your El Diablo cocktail with these ingredients:

  • Tequila: The El Diablo cocktail’s primary spirit provides a strong, robust base.
  • Creme de Cassis: A sweet, dark liqueur made from blackcurrants. It adds depth and a fruity undertone to the drink.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice brings a tangy acidity that balances out the sweetness of the creme de cassis.
  • Ginger Beer: This ingredient tops off the cocktail, adding a spicy kick and effervescence that makes the drink refreshing and complex.

Tequila, Crème de Cassis, lime juice and ginger beer laid out on a white bar table

How do you make an El Diablo cocktail?

Learn how to mix an El Diablo cocktail using our simple steps:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with ice. This will ensure that your El Diablo drink is chilled to perfection.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with ice. This will ensure that your El Diablo drink is chilled to perfection.

2
<p>Pour ½ ounce of lime juice over the ice. The lime juice adds a tangy freshness that balances out the sweetness of the crème de cassis.</p>

Pour ½ ounce of lime juice over the ice. The lime juice adds a tangy freshness that balances out the sweetness of the crème de cassis.

3
<p>Add 1 ounce of crème de cassis. This blackcurrant liqueur adds a sweet and fruity flavor to the drink.</p>

Add 1 ounce of crème de cassis. This blackcurrant liqueur adds a sweet and fruity flavor to the drink.

4
<p>Pour 2 ounces of Tequila into the glass. The Tequila is the base of the El Diablo and gives the drink its distinctive kick.</p>

Pour 2 ounces of Tequila into the glass. The Tequila is the base of the El Diablo and gives the drink its distinctive kick.

5
<p>Top the drink with 2 to 3 ounces of ginger beer. The ginger beer adds a spicy fizziness that complements the other flavors in the El Diablo.</p>

Top the drink with 2 to 3 ounces of ginger beer. The ginger beer adds a spicy fizziness that complements the other flavors in the El Diablo.

6
<p>Stir the drink gently to mix the ingredients. This will ensure that the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink.</p>

Stir the drink gently to mix the ingredients. This will ensure that the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink.

7
<p>Garnish the drink with a lime wheel or lime twist. The lime adds a pop of color and signals that the drink is ready to be enjoyed.</p>

Garnish the drink with a lime wheel or lime twist. The lime adds a pop of color and signals that the drink is ready to be enjoyed.

History and Origin of the El Diablo Cocktail

Its origins trace back to the mid-20th century, but like many classic cocktails, the details are mysterious.

The first recorded mention of the El Diablo cocktail appears in
Trader Vic’s Book of Food & Drink
from 1946, where the recipe called for ginger ale instead of ginger beer. Back then, ginger ale was quite different from nowadays. It was spicier, resembling our current ginger beer more.   

An El Diablo cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by lime juice, Tequila, ginger beer, and lime.

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FAQ

How many calories does an El Diablo cocktail contain?
An El Diablo cocktail typically contains around 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is an El Diablo cocktail?
The strength of an El Diablo cocktail can vary based on the amount of Tequila used. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of about 15-20%, translating to 30-40 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in an El Diablo cocktail?
Tequila is the primary alcohol used in an El Diablo cocktail. It's combined with crème de cassis, lime juice, and ginger beer to create this refreshing drink.
In what type of glass is an El Diablo cocktail served?
Traditionally, an El Diablo cocktail is served in a Collins glass or a Highball glass. These glasses allow plenty of ice and garnish, enhancing the drinking experience. 
What does an El Diablo cocktail taste like?
An El Diablo cocktail offers a unique blend of flavors. The Tequila provides the alcohol base, while the crème de cassis adds a rich berry flavor. The lime juice brings a tangy citrus note, and the ginger beer gives it a spicy kick.
What is the ratio of ingredients in an El Diablo cocktail?
The typical ratio for an El Diablo cocktail is 1½ oz tequila, ½ oz each of creme de cassis and lime juice, and topped up with ginger beer. This creates a balanced mix of flavors without one ingredient overpowering the others.
How is an El Diablo cocktail served with ice?
An El Diablo cocktail is usually served over ice in a Collins glass or a Highball glass. This helps keep the drink cool and dilutes it slightly, making it more refreshing and enjoyable.

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