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Blood & Sand

Blood and sand cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

The Blood & Sand is a classic scotch-based cocktail that has withstood the test of time. The recipe first appeared in 1930 in "The Savoy Cocktail Book" by Harry Craddock and has become a mainstay on bar menus ever since.

It gets its name from a 1922 bullfighter movie and points to its ingredients: The “blood” represents Heering cherry liqueur, and the “sand” is for the orange juice.

The key to the cocktail is to use a smooth scotch that’s not too smoky and freshly squeezed orange juice. So forget about your Islay scotches (for now), and avoid that carton of OJ in the fridge.


  • 3/4 oz Scotch
  • 3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 oz Heering cherry liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Fresh orange juice
  • Garnish: Orange peel


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.

  2. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.

  3. Garnish with an orange peel.