Blood & Sand

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Blood & Sand

The Blood & Sand is a whisky 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. Combining Scotch, sweet vermouth, orange juice and cherry brandy, it can be a sweet and fruity drink with great texture. It’s one of the only old classics that calls specifically for scotch whisky as standard and works really well with something slightly peated.

Scotch, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Liqueur, Orange Juice.

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This classic and underrated cocktail is one of the few whiskey (or whisky) drinks to specify scotch and for those planning a bar hire centred around winter-warming cocktails or classic whiskey drinks, this cocktail is a great addition.

The Blood & Sand is an old classic, featured in The Savoy Cocktail Book, the drink is an equal parts mixture of scotch whisky, cherry liqueur, orange juice and sweet vermouth. The smoky richness of the scotch is mellowed beautifully by the fruity unctuousness of the cherry liqueur and sweet vermouth and the sweet tang of fresh orange juice. This is a pretty strong cocktail both in terms of flavour and alcohol content so if you’re planning on including it you may want some lower alcohol options to help balance out your menu.

Scotch is not the most obvious choice as a cocktail spirit with most whisky drinks favouring its American cousin, bourbon. For those eager to showcase a range of whisky cocktails the Blood & Sand is a great way to show the versatility of this sainted spirit. Whisky is surprisingly adaptable and if you want feature other whisky drinks on your menu some good options might be a classic Mint Julep—a long refreshing, minty drink that’s not too boozy, or even a Bourbon Espresso Martini, a rich and caramel-y twist on the ever-popular classic.

The Blood & Sand may not be to everyone’s tastes, if you’re looking to diversify and feature some lighter, less divisive spirits in your cocktail menu, gin drinks are always popular with a crowd and versatile enough to cover all bases. Think about including a gin classic like a Gin Rickey or an Elderflower Julep for a lighter more fruity choice.

If you’re planning to include the Blood & Sand on your cocktail menu and want to know more about what drinks could be good to serve alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other whisky based, classic and short-style cocktails from our list.  

History

This cocktail was allegedly created in London and named after Rodolph Valentino’s 1922 Bull Fighting movie: Blood & Sand.

The blood is represented by the Cherry Herring and the sand by the Orange juice. Some people believe the cocktail to be too muddy but the trick is to use juice freshly squeezed and to shake as hard as possible.

Myths & Legends

More info for this cocktail available soon.

References

References for this cocktail will be available soon.

Ingredients & Equipment

Ingredients

  • 25ml Scotch Whisky
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 25ml Cherry Liqueur
  • 25ml Orange Juice
  • Orange Twist to Garnish

 

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Fine Strainer
  • Large Mexican Elbow or Orange Juicer
  • Martini Glass
  • Cubed Ice
Method
  • Chill your Martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice
  • Take your Boston glass or small tin
  • 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 igger 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
  • 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!

LEARN TO MAKE

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.