Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe

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.

Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe

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.

Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe was last modified: December 18th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.