Blood and Sand

One of the few Scotch-based libations you can turn to for refreshment on a hot summer’s day, the Blood and Sand was named after a 1922 bullfighting film starring Rudolph Valentino and Rita Hayworth, and first appeared in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. While the odd combination of smoky scotch, a tangy smack of orange juice and off-dry, semi-tart Cherry Heering might not sound harmonious, it turns out these three disparate flavors come together, like screen legends and public livestock slaughter, surprisingly well.

Bitter, Sweet


  • .75 oz Scotch
  • .75 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • .75 oz Cherry Heering
  • .75 oz Orange Juice
  • cherry


Step one

Shake ingredients with ice in shaker tin.

Step two

Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Step three

Garnish with a brandied cherry.

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Mix It Up!

For more booze, add 1 oz scotch rather than all equal parts. If you want to take the whole thing in a different, but compelling direction, try swapping out the scotch for mezcal.

Recommended Scotch: Famous Grouse, Bank Note, Black Bottle

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