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Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. This drink is made with scotch, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, and orange juice. It is a perfect blend of flavors that creates a unique taste that is both sweet and smoky.

Homemade Smokey Blood and Sand Cocktail with Orange Juice and Scotch

Over the years, the Blood and Sand has become a popular drink at bars and restaurants around the world. It is a perfect drink for those who enjoy a sweet and smoky flavor profile. Whether you are a fan of scotch or just looking for a new cocktail to try, the Blood and Sand is definitely worth trying.

The Blood and Sand cocktail is a classic example of a Scotch cocktail and is a must-try for any cocktail enthusiast. Whether you are a fan of silent films, bullfighting, or just classic cocktails, the Blood and Sand is sure to impress.


The Blood and Sand cocktail is a classic Scotch cocktail that has been around for nearly a century. Some say the drink was created in 1922 and is named after Rudolph Valentino’s Blood and Sand bullfighter film – based on the 1909 novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. Others suggest that the drink was invented in honor of a bullfighter named Juan Belmonte, who was known for his red cape, which is said to represent the “blood” in the cocktail.

Glass of Blood And Sand Cocktail in martini glass garnished with orange peel

The first known recipe for the Blood and Sand cocktail appeared in the 1930 edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock. The cocktail is made with equal parts Scotch, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, and orange juice. It is usually served in a coupe glass and garnished with an orange peel.

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Despite its popularity in the 1930s, the Blood and Sand fell out of favor in the mid-20th century. However, it has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to the renewed interest in classic cocktails.

How to Make It

Homemade Smokey Blood and Sand Cocktail with Orange Juice and Scotch

Blood and Sand

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you want to make a classic Blood and Sand cocktail, you'll need a few key ingredients: Scotch, sweet vermouth, cherry brandy, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Here's how to make it:


  • ¾ Oz Smooth Scotch Whisky
  • ¾ Oz Sweet Vermouth
  • ¾ Oz Cherry Heering Liqueur
  • ¾ Oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Orange Peel Garnish


    1. Gather the ingredients and fill a shaker with ice
    2. Combine the Scotch, sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, and fresh-squeezed OJ into the shaker
    3. Shake vigorously until well-chilled
    4. Strain and pour into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass
    5. Add a garnish of orange peel
    6. Serve immediately and enjoy

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If you’re looking to switch up the classic Blood and Sand cocktail, there are a variety of variations to try. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Sweet and Sour

One way to change up the flavor of your Blood and Sand is to adjust the sweet and sour components. For a sweeter version of the drink, try using more Cherry Heering or adding a splash of simple syrup. For a more sour version, try adding a bit more lemon juice or using a different citrus juice, like grapefruit or lime.

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Single Malts vs. Blended Scotches

While the classic Blood and Sand recipe calls for a blended Scotch whisky, you can experiment with using a single malt instead. Single malts tend to have more complex and nuanced flavors, which can add a new dimension to the drink.


If you’re a fan of smoky flavors, consider adding a smoky element to your Blood and Sand. You could try using a peated Scotch whisky, which has a distinct smoky flavor, or adding a small amount of smoked salt to the rim of your glass.

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