Blood & Sand

Blood & Sand

Quick Facts

Cocktail History

There are not many cocktails that use Scotch Whiskey, but the Blood and Sand cocktail is definitely a classic. It was named after Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand. The “blood” represents Heering cherry liqueur, and the “sand” is for the orange juice. The recipe is first known to have appeared in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book.


  • 3/4 oz Scotch
  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 3/4 oz Cherry Liqueur (preferably Heerings)
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • Garnish: Orange Peel

Cocktail Preparation

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 20-30 seconds or until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Rim the glass with and orange peel and then use to garnish the drink.

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