It doesn’t get as much attention as the Margarita or Paloma, but that doesn’t mean the El Diablo is in any way inferior to those other tequila cocktails. Once you make one, you might even refuse to drink anything else. Sure, that would be a little strange - but such is the power of this juicy, spicy highball that’s perfect for enjoying on your stoop. Just keep in mind that quality ginger beer is a necessity.
How It Tastes: Spicy, complex, like it’s somehow greater than the sum of its parts
the el diablo
Makes one El Diablo
- 1.75 ounces tequila
- .5 ounce creme de cassis
- .75 ounce lime juice
- 4 ounces ginger beer
Step One: Lime Juice
Tequila and lime juice go together like peanut butter and pretzels or quality bit parts and J.K. Simmons, so it should come as no surprise that you’re going to add (fresh) lime juice to this drink. Put .75 ounce in your cocktail shaker.
Step Two: Creme De Cassis
If you’re unfamiliar, creme de cassis is a blackcurrant-flavored liqueur that you can find at a lot of liquor stores. It’s a great addition to white or sparkling wine - but if you have trouble finding it, Chambord (a raspberry liqueur) will do just fine. Add .5 ounce creme de cassis (or Chambord) to your shaker.
Step Three: Tequila
For most cocktails, we tend to recommend blanco tequila, because it tends to work best with other ingredients, but if you have an aged tequila you’d like to use, that’ll be fine here as well. This drink can handle it. Add 1.75 ounces tequila to your cocktail shaker.
Step Four: Shake
Give everything a vigorous 15-second shake, then pour the contents of your shaker into a highball filled to the rim with ice. Or, if you don’t have a shaker on hand, just pour all your ingredients straight into a highball. We typically wouldn’t tell you to do this - but in this case, shaking only makes for a slight improvement, and your El Diablo will be delicious either way.
Step Five: Ginger Beer
Finally, top with ginger beer. It should be around 4 ounces - and a quality ginger beer (like Fever Tree) is key. It should be intensely gingery, and, no, ginger ale is not the same thing. For a garnish, go with a lime wedge, a lime wheel, or, if you have some candied ginger, that works too. And if you want to make a spicy version next, check out this Jalapeño Tequila tutorial.