One of the old time classic whisky cocktails, Blood and Sand is named after a film of the same name starring Rudolph Valentino. The movie is based on a Spanish novel, Sangre y Arena and tells the story of a Spanish bullfighter, his rise to fame and a tragic love affair.
The Blood and Sand cocktail is simple enough to prepare using whisky, (a blend or a single malt), Cherry Heering, sweet vermouth and the juice of blood oranges if you can get them. Always use freshly-squeezed orange juice to give the drink a fresh citrus vibrancy.
With whisky as a base, the flavour profile combines sweetness with citrus along with subtle cherry notes from the Cherry Heering liqueur and makes the Blood and Sand cocktail a fine sipper.
Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe
- 30 ml whisky (blended or single malt)
- 25 ml Cherry Heering Liqueur
- 25 ml sweet vermouth
- 30 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
Glassware: coupe or cocktail glass (by The Drink Cabinet)
Garnish: Maraschino cherry or orange zest
In a shaker, combine ingredients with ice and shake well for 10 seconds. Double strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry or flamed orange zest.