El Diablo
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El Diablo
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4.41 / 5
The El Diablo cocktail is a tantalizing blend of vibrant and spicy flavors, which creates a refreshing and complex drink. It features a sharp acidity from the lime juice that ... more The El Diablo cocktail is a tantalizing blend of vibrant and spicy flavors, which creates a refreshing and complex drink. It features a sharp acidity from the lime juice that perfectly balances the sweetness of crème de cassis and the boldness of tequila. The ginger beer adds a delightful effervescence and a warming, spicy kick to the mix. Traditionally served in a highball glass, the El Diablo is characterized by its deep reddish hue and is garnished with a wedge of lime, providing a striking visual appeal. This cocktail offers a unique combination of flavors that tickle the palate with both sweetness and a hint of heat, making it a favorite for those who appreciate a cocktail with a distinctive character.
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Lime
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6.75% | 2.03 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
Top up Top up Top up
45ml 1½oz 4.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

El Diablo is an audacious dance of flavors where the tangy sharpness of lime juice artfully balances the rich sweetness of crème de cassis, punctuated by the boldness of tequila. The ginger beer not only fills the drink with a lively effervescence but also introduces a spicy warmth that harmoniously complements the cocktail’s complex flavor profile, making it a truly refreshing choice with a thrilling edge.

Method
How to make a El Diablo

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the lime juice, crème de cassis and tequila to a cocktail shaker and shake well
Strain into a highball glass over ice, then top up with ginger beer
Add a lime wedge as a garnish and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Highball  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the El Diablo cocktail?

The El Diablo cocktail traces its origins back to the 1940s. It was first published in Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink. The cocktail gained popularity over the years and is known for its unique combination of tequila and creme de cassis, topped with ginger beer and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should the El Diablo cocktail be served?

The El Diablo cocktail should be served in a highball glass, as mentioned in the provided details. It is typically garnished with a lime wheel or a fresh lime wedge to complement the lime juice already present in the drink.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of beer instead of ginger beer in an El Diablo?

While ginger beer is the traditional ingredient that gives the El Diablo its distinctive spicy-sweet flavor and effervescence, if you're looking for a twist or don't have ginger beer on hand, you might experiment with ginger ale. However, keep in mind that ginger ale will be sweeter and less spicy than ginger beer, resulting in a subtle change in the drink's flavor profile.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the El Diablo?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the El Diablo can be made by omitting the tequila and creme de cassis and substituting with non-alcoholic alternatives or additional ginger beer and a splash of blackcurrant cordial or syrup to mimic the flavor of creme de cassis. Lime juice remains a key ingredient for its tartness.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairings work best with an El Diablo cocktail?

The El Diablo, with its balance of spiciness from the ginger beer, sweetness from the creme de cassis, and the sourness of the lime juice, pairs well with Mexican cuisine, especially dishes that are not overly spicy. It complements the flavors of tacos, nachos with guacamole, or grilled chicken. The refreshing qualities of the cocktail also make it a great match for seafood dishes.

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