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Believed to have been created in London in 1930, The Diabolo (pronounced dee-ah-bow-low) shouldn’t be confused with the Diablo. There is limited info on this cocktail and I was able to find identical recipes from Barmano and a video from 2009 presented by Robert Hess. Here’s my problem: I really hated this drink. I thought it was so bad that I made it a second time presuming I had screwed up the recipe.

The 2nd attempt was equally bad. I was using essentially new bottles of liquor, so it wasn’t that. Finally, I added a 1/4 oz Simple Syrup to make it at least drinkable. So here’s what I’m asking: please try making this yourself and let me (us) know how this comes out for you?

  • 2 oz Light Rum (I used Bacardi)
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau (you could use Triple Sec)
  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth (I used a brand new bottle of Martini & Rossi)
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Note: I added 1/4 oz Simple Syrup not included in the recipe to salvage the drink.
  • Optional Orange Twist Garnish

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with large chunks of ice.

Stir down for 30+seconds until well chilled and strain into a chilled coupe and optionally garnish.


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