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Blood and Sand

Homemade Smokey Blood and Sand Cocktail with Orange Juice and Scotch

I’m honored to share The Blood and Sand, one of my classics. When you mix several different flavors in a classic cocktail, you create a whole new universe of pleasure. Orange juice, sweet vermouth, cherry brandy, and Scotch whiskey are the invigorating components of the cocktail. This beverage, with its alluring, fruity, and sweet notes, is more than just a sip; it’s a moment in time. Whisky connoisseurs and cocktail novices alike will be amazed by The Blood and Sand.

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Tasting Notes

The Blood and Sand is a delightful journey of flavors. You’ll first notice the smoky undertones of Scotch whisky, which perfectly complement the sweet richness of cherry brandy. The sweet vermouth adds a herbal depth, while the fresh orange juice brings a bright, citrusy balance to the mix. Together, these ingredients create a harmonious blend that’s both invigorating and comforting.

Equipment and Glassware

You’ll need a shaker, strainer, and measuring jigger to make a Blood and Sand cocktail. The iced coupe glass, which helps concentrate the flavors and scents and improves your drinking experience, is the usual glassware for this cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Scotch whisky
  • 1 oz. cherry brandy
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz. fresh orange juice

Instructions

  1. Fill your shaker with ice.
  2. Add 1 oz each of Scotch whisky, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth, and fresh orange juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Enjoy your Blood and Sand cocktail!
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Pro Tips

  • For optimal flavor, use freshly squeezed orange juice. When compared to store-bought, it is much different.
  • If you want your cocktail to stay cold and delightful, chill your glass before you serve it.
  • Try a variety of Scotch whiskies until you discover the one that suits you best. The drink can take on a new flavor profile with each brand.

When to Serve

Given its versatility, the Blood and Sand is ideal for any setting. It’s a fantastic option for a classy evening get-together, a soothing drink following a demanding day, or even a memorable brunch. Both seasoned cocktail drinkers and those who have never tried one before will enjoy its muted flavor.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

You might want to think about utilizing these brands for your Blood and Sand cocktail:

Similar Cocktails 

  • Rob Roy: a cousin of the Manhattan’s from Scotland.
  • Manhattan: A classic cocktail with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
  • Old Fashioned: Whiskey, sugar, and bitters—a basic yet deep combination.
  • Whiskey Sour: A refreshing mix of whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar.
  • Negroni: A daring cocktail that combines Campari, sweet vermouth, and gin.

History

Named after Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 bullfighter film of the same name, The Blood and Sand initially appeared in the 1920s. It became popular due to its distinctive name and vivid hue, and people who value the craft of mixing cocktails adored it. This cocktail is a prime example of creativity and invention during Prohibition.

Homemade Smokey Blood and Sand Cocktail with Orange Juice and Scotch

Blood and Sand

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.7 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blood and sand, cherry brandy, orange juice,, scotch cocktail, scotch whiskey, sweet vermouth, vermouth
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Scotch whisky
  • 1 oz. cherry brandy
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz. fresh orange juice

Instructions

  • Fill your shaker with ice.
  • Add 1 oz each of Scotch whisky, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth, and fresh orange juice to the shaker.
  • Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Enjoy your Blood and Sand cocktail!
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Blood and Sand
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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