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Jul 30, 2018

El Diablo Cocktail

The El Diablo Cocktail, made with tequila, crème de cassis, lime, and ginger beer, is an easy and refreshing way to enjoy cocktail hour on a hot summer day.

El Diablo Cocktail

You can control the strength of the el diablo cocktail by adding more or less of the ginger beer (or good ginger ale if you prefer), depending on the weather and how thirsty your guests are.

You can use blanco or reposado tequila for the el diablo, depending on your taste and what you have on hand.

El Diablo Tequila Cocktail

Crème de cassis is a French liqueur made from blackcurrants, and is most often served in kir, an aperitif made with white wine, and kir royale, a celebration cocktail made with champagne. I'm not sure how crème de cassis got paired with tequila, but the results are pretty tasty.

This week the Kitchen Matrix Cooking Project is all about cocktails. CamillaWendy, and I are choosing from Cocktails +12 Ways from Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix. In the book, Mark Bittman offers three classic cocktails each for gin, vodka, tequila, and bourbon. He also offers suggestions for how to stock your home bar for any cocktail hour guests.

After the recipe, be sure to check out the links from A Day in the Life on the Farm and Culinary Adventures with Camilla. They are always so creative and innovative with these ingredients.

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Yield: 1 cocktail

The El Diablo Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce crème de cassis
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer or ginger ale


  1. Fill a shaker with ice, add the tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice, and shake. 
  2. Strain the ingredients into an ice filled highball or double old-fashioned glass, top with the ginger beer, and serve. 

El Diablo Cocktail with Tequila, Crème de Cassis, and Ginger Beer

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  1. We used to drink something very similar to this during summers at dance intensives. (The artistic faculty, not the dance kiddos.) We didn't use crème de cassis, so our version was really just tequila and ginger ale. Your version sounds fancier. Our version was really just a way to forget that we had to deal with teenagers every day...

    1. Sounds like a great memory. Definitely try it with the crème de cassis!


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