The El Diablo is a tequila based cocktail that is a little sweet and a little tart with flavors of spicy ginger, lime and blackberry. It is translated as “The Devil” and is a great tequila cocktail to enjoy any time of the year. It is refreshing enough for Spring and Summer, but spicy enough for Fall and Winter.
What does El Diablo mean? It is a Spanish word that translated directly means The Devil.
It is pronounced “el-dee-ahb-low”
Where Did El Diablo Come From
This cocktail was originally published in the 1940’s in the Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink and was published as a tequila cocktail with Crème de Cassis drizzled over top to sink through the cocktial. Over time it has evolved to a shaken cocktail that has a beautiful pinkish/red hue.
The original Trader Vic’s cookbook is now about $200 a copy!! So if you have one or find one in your Grandparents house, treasure it!
To make the El Diablo you need to stock your bar with a few ingredients:
Reposado Tequila – this tequila is a mix of aged tequila and silver tequila. It has a nice mild flavor and light golden color. You can also make a Blackberry Smash with Reposado Tequila
Crème de Cassis – this is a very sweet liqueur made of black currants. It tastes like grape juice!
Ginger Beer – not all ginger beers are created equal! Some are SO overly sweet! I recommend the Q Mixer or Fever Tree brands. Ginger beer is also excellent for Mexican Mules!
Finally you just need some fresh limes!
Since this is a mixed drink a mid range tequila will work just fine! No need to spend a ton of money like when you drink Tequila on the Rocks. Here are some brands we like:
- Jose Cuervo
Just like these Bloody Shirley Temples you could serve the Crème de Cassis in a spooky syringe in the glass!
More Tequila Drinks
El Diablo Cocktail
- 1.5 oz tequila reposado
- ½ oz crème de cassis
- ½ oz lime juice
- 2-3 oz ginger beer
- Fresh cut lime wedges
- Fill a glass with ice, about an 8-10 oz glass. Set aside.
- Put a few cubes of ice in a cocktail shaker (in a pinch use a mason jar carefully!!). Pour in the Tequila, Lime Juice and Crème de Cassis. Give it a vigorous shake for 20 seconds.
- Strain into the prepared glass. Top with 2-3 oz ginger beer.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
If nutrition facts are provided they are calculated as an estimate to the best of our knowledge.