El Diablo Cocktail Recipe

El Diablo Nutrition Facts






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.

August 9, 2023


El Diablo is a classic cocktail that was first published in Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink in 1946. This refreshing tequila-based cocktail has a long history of being enjoyed by those who appreciate a well-balanced, slightly sweet and tangy drink. The cocktail is perfect for warm summer days and is often enjoyed by those who love tequila and ginger flavors.

  • Originally created by Trader Vic
  • Popular among tequila enthusiasts
  • Perfect for warm weather and outdoor gatherings

How El Diablo Tastes?

El Diablo has a complex and well-balanced taste, with a combination of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. The tequila provides a strong and smooth base, while the ginger beer adds a spicy and effervescent kick. The lime juice brings a refreshing tartness, and the crème de cassis adds a touch of fruity sweetness.

Interesting facts about El Diablo

  • El Diablo is sometimes referred to as the 'Mexican Mule' due to its similarities with the Moscow Mule.
  • The name 'El Diablo' means 'The Devil' in Spanish, likely referring to the cocktail's devilishly delicious taste.
  • Crème de cassis, a key ingredient in the El Diablo, is a sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants.


A few good options for El Diablo are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Recipe. How to make El Diablo Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the tequila, crème de cassis, and fresh lime juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Top with ginger beer and gently stir to combine.
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel and blackberries.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for a more refreshing taste.
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer.
  • Use high-quality tequila to enhance the overall flavor of the cocktail.

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What you could change in El Diablo

  • Tequila: Can be replaced with Mezcal for a smokier flavor.
  • Crème de Cassis: Can be substituted with blackcurrant syrup or blackcurrant jam.
  • Ginger Beer: Can be replaced with ginger ale for a less spicy kick.

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Frequently Asked Questions on El Diablo

Can I create a non-alcoholic version of El Diablo?

Yes, you can make a mocktail version of El Diablo by substituting the tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit or simply leaving it out. The Crème de Cassis can be replaced with blackcurrant syrup or juice.

Can I use lemons instead of limes?

While lime is the traditional citrus used in El Diablo cocktail, lemons might still work but they will fundamentally change the taste because they are more acidic and less sweet than limes.

Is Trader Vic's a popular cocktail author?

Yes, Trader Vic or Victor Jules Bergeron was an iconic figure in the cocktail world known as one of the fathers of the tiki culture in America. His book 'Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink' is considered a classic in the cocktail literature scene.

Is El Diablo a strong cocktail?

El Diablo can be considered a moderately strong cocktail due to the presence of tequila. However, the sweetness and acidity from the Crème de Cassis and limes as well as the spicy and effervescent kick from the ginger beer helps to balance out the alcohol content.

What tools are required to make El Diablo?

You will need a cocktail shaker to mix the tequila, crème de cassis and lime juice. Other tools include a strainer, Collin's glass, measuring jigger, and a long spoon or stirrer.

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Extra information to help you make El Diablo

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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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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