Blood and Sand Recipe

Blended Scotch, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Heering, Orange Juice
Blood and Sand
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The Blood and Sand is a cocktail that always inspires debate among bartenders. Named for Rudolph Valentino's 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand, it consists of a fairly perplexing combination of scotch, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, and orange juice in equal parts.

Though it certainly sits among the classics, the Blood and Sand isn't exactly a well-balanced drink as originally written. Many modern bartenders have tweaked it, adding and removing ingredients here and there to find the sweet spot. But if you're looking for the unadulterated recipe, look no further.

Blood and Sand Ingredients

0.75 oz scotch whisky
0.75 oz Cherry Heering
0.75 oz sweet vermouth
0.75 oz orange juice
Orange twist for garnish

How to make a Blood and Sand

  1. Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange twist and serve.
Blood and Sand