El Diablo Cocktail

El Diablo Cocktail

The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
219 Calories
0g Fat
30g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 219
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 89mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

El Diablo is a popular and easy-to-mix tequila cocktail favored by many because of its refreshing and vibrant flavor. Made with sweet black-currant-flavored cassis, tequila, and ginger beer, the fruity liqueur takes some of the bite out of the ginger beer, complementing beautifully the earthy tequila. As its name implies, our recipe is devilishly fantastic, and its pink hue makes it a fun and visually beautiful beverage, ideal for celebrations.

Crème de cassis is not the most common liqueur in the bar, so while you have it in stock, you will want to enjoy it in every way possible. Made of black currants, this isn't overly sweet like many other fruit liqueurs. In this cocktail, the cassis brings some color and adds the perfect sugary tartness to the mix.

For this cocktail, you'll want to use good tequila. Any decent tequila will give you a wonderful cocktail, so go for a tequila reposado and don't splurge on añejo. You want something you'd sip on its own, but not something extremely pricey that you'd feel is wasted in a mixed drink. There are many reposados to choose from, so pick your favorite and get mixing.

"The El Diablo is a phenomenal cocktail. When made correctly, it is the richer, spicier counter to a margarita. Balance, of course, is key to this incredible long drink. As a bartender, I slid in a bar spoon of simple syrup to lengthen the flavors ever so slightly—a heavenly, celestial cocktail." —Sean Johnson

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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    El Diablo cocktail ingredients

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  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice.

    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice

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  3. Shake well.

    Shake a cocktail shaker

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  4. Strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice.

    Strain the cocktail into a collins glass filled with fresh ice

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  5. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge or cheek.

    El Diablo cocktail in a glass, with a lime wedge

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How to Build the Cocktail If You Don't Have a Shaker

If you don't have a cocktail shaker or prefer not to shake the drink, use half the cassis in the recipe alongside the tequila and lime juice, shake, and serve over ice. Drizzle the remaining cassis into the drink over the twists of a bar spoon to get a purple haze that slowly dissolves.

Another option is to build the drink, first adding the tequila into a collins glass with ice, then the lime juice, ginger beer, and finally adding a float of cassis on top.

Devilish Variation

A modern take on El Diablo brings a little ginger into the mix. It's a fabulous rendition and just one more example of how versatile this cocktail is. To make this snappy and refreshing cocktail:

  • Shake 2 ounces Gran Centenario Plata Tequila with 3/4 ounce of fresh lemon juice, 3/4 ounce of Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, and 1/4 ounce crème de cassis liqueur.
  • Strain it into a chilled coupe glass and garnish it with a thinly sliced lemon wheel.

How Strong Is an El Diablo Cocktail?

The amount of ginger beer you pour will greatly affect the alcohol content of El Diablo. If you pour 4 ounces of soda over an 80-proof tequila and 20-proof cassis, the drink comes in at a refreshingly mild 14 percent ABV (28 proof). This is equal to the strongest glasses of wine, and it makes an excellent happy hour cocktail.

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