Behind the Drink: The Blood and Sand

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  • Tim McDonald posted 5 years ago

    You know, I have tried a version or two with Mezcal in a great place in Boston and prefer the Scotch based ones by a long shot. I like a Famous Grouse/Peter Herring/Punt y mas....and ramp up the whisky so it is not so sweet. Fresh OJ important too. The Carmen's Tears sounds good!

  • Fredrik Tilander posted 5 years ago

    Well, as with gourmet cooking, cocktails is all about using top quality ingredients. We all know that. To make the best (classic) Blood & Sand, this is what you should use.

    .75 oz non-smoky Single Malt whisky (e.g. The Balvenie)
    .75 oz Cherry Heering (THE best cherry brandy/liqueur on the market)
    .75 oz Antica Formula Vermouth
    .75 oz FRESHLY squeezed orange juice

    Shake'n strain as described above!

    Cheers!

  • Christopher Carlsson posted 5 years ago

    Back about 6 years ago we came up with a variation of the Blood and Sand called Authentic Blood and Sand (because it used the much more locally available mezcal instead of scotch) along with some significant variations on the theme.
    Below are a few of them for your consideration:Authentic Blood and Sand
    created by Chris Carlsson, SpiritsReview.com

    1 oz Scorpion Silver Mezcal or Mijes Joven
    1 oz Orange Juice
    3/4 oz Cherry Liqueur (Cherry Herring or Cherry Marnier)
    3/4 oz of Sweet (Red) Vermouth

    Combine in shaker over ice, shake 20 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with Maraschino cherry. Enjoy!

    Note: The original version was based on the 1922 silent Rudolph Valentino movie about bullfighting. First recording of recipe was 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book which uses Scotch, as no one knew what mezcal was back then if they were north of Texas. This version attempts to address that.

    Variations on the Theme:
    Use 1/4-1/2 oz Cassis instead of Cherry Liqueur (Unnamed)
    Use 1/4-1/2 oz Creme de Yvette instead of Cherry Liqueur (Unnamed)
    Dryer version of Blood and Sand
    created by Chris Carlsson, SpiritsReview.com

    1 oz Scorpion Silver Mezcal or Mijes Joven
    1 oz Orange Juice
    3/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur (Luxardo)
    3/4 oz of Sweet (Red) Vermouth

    Combine in shaker over ice, shake 20 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with Maraschino cherry. Enjoy!

    Carmen's Tears (a dry, clear version)
    created by Chris Carlsson, SpiritsReview.com

    1 oz Scorpion Silver Mezcal or Mijes Joven
    3/4 oz Maraschino Liquour
    3/4 oz Dry (White) Vermouth
    2 Dashes Oranges Bitters (Regans No. 6 recommended) Combine in shaker over ice, shake 20 seconds.
    Strain into chilled cocktail glass,
    Garnish with Maraschino cherry.
    Enjoy!


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