Scotch • Sweet
Blood and Sand

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One of the few Scotch-based libations you can turn to for refreshment on a hot summer’s day, the Blood and Sand was named after a 1922 bullfighting film starring Rudolph Valentino and Rita Hayworth, and first appeared in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. While the odd combination of smoky scotch, a tangy smack of orange juice and off-dry, semi-tart Cherry Heering might not sound harmonious, it turns out these three disparate flavors come together, like screen legends and public livestock slaughter, surprisingly well.

The Essentials

Sweet Vermouth
Cherry Heering
The Details


.75 oz Scotch
.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
.75 oz Cherry Heering
.75 oz Orange Juice


  • Shake ingredients with ice in shaker tin.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a brandied cherry.

Mix it Up

For more booze, add 1 oz scotch rather than all equal parts. If you want to take the whole thing in a different, but compelling direction, try swapping out the scotch for mezcal.

Recommended Scotch: Famous Grouse, Bank Note, Black Bottle

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