Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe

Blood and Sand Cocktail
Photo for Mack Allen

Blood and Sand is one of the few classic mixed drinks that includes Scotch. It was named for Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand. The red juice of the blood orange in the drink helped link it with the film.—Wikipedia

At first glance, this most unusual Scotch cocktail seemed a god-awful mix. But the recipe, one of the very few classic Scotch cocktails, appears in some serious cocktail books so don’t judge without tasting it.—Dale DeGroff


¾ oz blended Scotch whisky
¾ oz Cherry Heering
¾ oz sweet vermouth
¾ oz blood orange juice, strained
1 orange peel

Preparation: How to make a Blood and Sand Cocktail

  1. Shake over ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. Flame orange peel over glass, then rub along the rim.
Blood and Sand Cocktail