Devil's Soul Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:30%

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 16, 2024


The Devil's Soul cocktail is a concoction that seems to have emerged from the speakeasy era, where strong flavors and stiff drinks were the order of the day. It's a drink that's not for the faint-hearted but rather for those who appreciate the complexity and boldness of spirits.

  • Origins: While its exact origins are murky, the cocktail seems to be a modern creation, inspired by classic cocktails.
  • Popularity: It's a hit among those who prefer a drink with a smoky edge and a hint of bitterness, reminiscent of the devilish side of life.
  • Occasions: Perfect for late-night conversations and those moments when you want a drink with a bit of a bite.

How Devil's Soul Tastes?

Devil's Soul is a cocktail with a soul-stirring blend of smokiness from the mezcal, the spicy warmth of rye whiskey, and the herbal bitterness of amaro. The orange bitters and elderflower add a floral and citrusy complexity, making it a layered and intriguing drink.

Interesting facts about Devil's Soul

  • The use of rye whiskey gives this cocktail a spicy backbone that stands up to the smokiness of mezcal.
  • Amaro, an Italian herbal liqueur, contributes to the 'soul' of the cocktail with its complex bitter profile.
  • The cocktail's name, 'Devil's Soul', hints at its bold and fiery nature, perfect for those looking to walk on the wild side.


Rye Whiskey

It gives the drink its backbone with spicy and fruity notes. Just 1 oz is enough to let other flavors shine through. Skip it, and you lose the cocktail's heart.

Emma Rose


Adding 0.33 oz gives a bitter-sweet herbal kick, enhancing depth without overwhelming. More could make it too bitter, less and you might miss the complexity.

Alex Green


This 0.33 oz imparts a subtle smokiness. If omitted, farewell the soul of the 'Devil.' No Mezcal, no mischief!

Mary Mitkina

Orange Bitter Aperitif

A bar spoon adds a citrusy, bitter edge. If skimped on, the cocktail could become too sweet.

Emma Rose


Also a bar spoon amount, it brings floral sweetness that balances bitterness. Too much would be like letting flowers overrun the garden of flavor.

Alex Green

Orange Twist

Garnish for aroma and a hint of citrus oils. If you skip this, it's like forgetting the horns on the 'Devil'!

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Devil's Soul Drink

  1. Combine 1 oz of rye whiskey, 0.33 oz of amaro, 0.33 oz of mezcal, 1 bar spoon of orange bitter aperitif, and 1 bar spoon of elderflower into a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice to the mixing glass.
  3. Stir the mixture for 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a Nick and Nora glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist.

Pro Tips

  • For a more pronounced orange flavor, add a few drops of orange extract or muddle a piece of orange peel in the mixing glass before adding the other ingredients.
  • Chill the Nick and Nora glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer.
  • When garnishing with the orange twist, express the oils over the drink and rub the rim of the glass with the peel for an extra burst of citrus aroma.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Smoked meats: The smoky flavor of the mezcal would complement BBQ ribs or smoked brisket.
  • Rich Cheeses: An aged gouda or blue cheese could stand up to the complexity of the cocktail.
  • Dark Chocolate: The bitterness of dark chocolate would balance well with the sweet and herbal notes.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: Post-dinner, a strong black coffee could cleanse the palate after enjoying the Devil's Soul.
  • Stout Beer: A rich stout's roasted flavors could play nicely against the depth of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Devil's Soul

  • Rye Whiskey: Can be substituted with bourbon for a sweeter profile.
  • Amaro: A different brand of amaro can be used to tweak the bitterness level.
  • Mezcal: For a less smoky profile, use a milder agave spirit or tequila.

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And of course - twists🍹

Smoky Devil

  • Increase Mezcal to 0.5 oz and reduce Rye Whiskey to 0.5 oz
  • Add a pinch of chili salt on top
  • The Smoky Devil increases the smokiness and adds a spicy kick!

Fallen Angel

  • Substitute Amaro with Aperol for a sweeter, less bitter profile
  • Add 2 bar spoons of lemon juice
  • The Fallen Angel is sweeter with a citrus zing, perfect for those who fear the dark.

Garden of Eden

  • Add 2 bar spoons of apple juice
  • Sprinkle with ground cinnamon
  • The Garden of Eden is fruitier and has a comforting warmth, ideal for those sweet-souled devils among us.

In case you forgot basics how to make Devil's Soul

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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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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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 Devil's Soul

What glassware is recommended for serving the Devil's Soul cocktail?

The Devil's Soul is traditionally served in a Nick and Nora glass, which is a stemmed glass that is similar to a small coupe.

Is the Devil's Soul cocktail suitable for all seasons?

While it can be enjoyed year-round, the smoky and spicy notes of the Devil's Soul cocktail make it particularly suitable for colder months.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Devil's Soul?

Yes, you can use non-alcoholic substitutes for rye whiskey, amaro, and mezcal, or create a custom mocktail recipe that captures similar flavor notes.

What is the best way to achieve the perfect dilution for the cocktail?

Stir the cocktail with ice for at least 30 seconds to ensure proper chilling and dilution, then strain into your glass.

Can I pre-batch the Devil's Soul for a party?

Yes, you can pre-mix larger quantities of the ingredients and keep it chilled. Stir with ice before serving to ensure the right dilution and temperature.

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