El Diablo Cocktail

The Popular El Diablo Tequila Cocktail
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
199 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 20mg 0%
*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 simple tequila cocktail that is a favorite for many drinkers. The sweetness of the blackcurrant-flavored cassis takes some of the bites out of the ginger beer. Both ingredients fair well against the earthy flavor of a great tequila, and it all comes together quite nicely.

This is also a fun drink to experiment with. For example, you could use half the cassis in the shaker, make the drink, then drizzle the remaining cassis into the drink over the twists of a bar spoon. You will get a purple haze that slowly dissolves and has a rather neat look.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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

  3. Shake well.

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

  5. Top with ginger beer.

  6. Serve and enjoy.


  • 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 the drink, shake 2 ounces Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, 3/4 ounce each fresh lemon juice and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, and 1/4 ounce creme de cassis liqueur. Strain it into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a thinly sliced lemon wheel. It is snappy, refreshing cocktail and enjoyable experience with a complex flavor that is perfect for the fall season.
  • Creme 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. There are a few very popular drinks that require it, including another tequila-based cocktail called the Chimayo in which it is paired with unfiltered apple cider.

How Strong Is an El Diablo Cocktail?

The amount of ginger beer you pour will greatly affect the alcohol content of El Diablo. If we estimate that you will 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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