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Blood & Sand

By Harvey Johnson

Ingredients

25ml Scotch Whisky

25ml Sweet Vermouth

25ml Cherry Liqueur

25ml Orange Juice

Orange Twist to Garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

202 Calories

Allergens:

Contains sulphites

Servings:

Serves 1

The Blood & Sand is a whiskey cocktail that has been left behind in the recent cocktail resurgence and there is no real reason why that should be, it can stand up with the best of the classics.

Ingredients

25ml Scotch Whisky

25ml Sweet Vermouth

25ml Cherry Liqueur

25ml Orange Juice

Orange Twist to Garnish

Method

Chill your Martini glass in the freezer, or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure, add the Scotch, sweet vermouth and cherry liqueur to the shaker.

Using your Mexican elbow or orange juicer and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of fresh orange juice and add it to the shaker.

Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal with your Boston tin or lid and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, or until your tin is very cold.

Remove your glass from the freezer or empty of ice if necessary.

Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain your cocktail into your chilled Martini glass.

Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Shaker
Jigger/Measure
Hawthorne Strainer
Fine Strainer
Large Mexican Elbow or Orange Juicer
Cubed Ice

History

The cocktail first appeared in print in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book and, like so many drinks in the history of cocktails, aside from this nothing else is known. We sadly don’t know who made it or in which venue it was made.

This hasn’t stopped the speculation, however. Some sources claim that the cocktail was created in London and named after Rodolph Valentino’s 1922 Bull Fighting movie: Blood & Sand. The blood was ably represented by the Cherry Heering and the sand would be the orange juice. The drink has had a hard time remaining in vogue, with many people believing the cocktail to be too muddy to be easy on the eye, but the trick is to use juice freshly squeezed and to shake as hard as possible.

This cocktail was allegedly created in London and named after Rodolph Valentino’s 1922 Bull Fighting movie: Blood & Sand. The blood represented by the Cherry Heering and the sand would be the Orange juice.