El Diablo – Trader Vic’s Amazing 1972 Tequila Cocktail

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El Diablo
El Diablo

Many of the vintage tequila cocktails I have been able to scrape together are actually from Trader Vic’s 1972 revised bartending guide. He has this cocktail in there twice. It’s first referenced as the El Diablo; then the exact recipe is on the next page as the Mexican El Diablo. They are line for line, word for word, and ounce for ounce. The only difference is one has a straw, and the other does not. Not sure if that counts as a different cocktail, but maybe he was trying to pad up his tequila section like me. He must have struggled to find tequila recipes, too; There are not that many.

I’m not one to talk, though; all this writing is challenging. I think I have written about 100 pages worth of single-spaced 12-point font information and history for this app, and I know I have a bunch of grammar and syntax errors. So if you find any of those errors… oops, I try to fix them as I find them. I also try to update my histories if I find any new info.


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El Diablo

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Learn how to make the an El Diablo.


  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 1/2 oz Creme de Cassis

  • 1 oz Reposado Tequila

  • 6 oz Ginger Beer


  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the ingredients in the serving glass.
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.


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