Blood and Sand Cocktail Drink

Blood and Sand

If you want a unique cocktail, try the Blood and Sand recipe! It’s easy to make and tastes delicious… Even to those who don’t usually like whisky!

Blood and Sand Recipe

Fall calls for this simple Blood and Sand recipe! The mix of Scotch whisky, orange juice, sweet vermouth, and cherry brandy makes it a delightful cocktail.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

186 kl

Ingredients

  • ¾ oz Scotch Whisky
  • ¾ oz Cherry Heering
  • ¾ oz sweet Vermouth
  • ¾ oz fresh orange juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange zest twist or cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Chilled Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set it aside.
  • In the shaker, pour in ¾ oz fresh orange juice.
  • Add ¾ oz sweet Vermouth.
  • Add ¾ oz Cherry Heering to the mix.
  • Finally, measure out and pour ¾ oz Scotch Whisky into the shaker.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, secure the lid and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry or express the orange zest on top of the glass. You can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Scotch Whisky: If you don't have Scotch, use bourbon or rye whiskey. The flavor profile will change slightly, but it will still be delicious.
  • Cherry Heering: This is a unique cherry liqueur that's hard to replace, but you can use another brand of cherry brandy if you can’t find any Cherry Heering.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Any kind of red vermouth can be used for this recipe. You could also try a fortified wine like port or sherry (Oloroso, Palo Cortado or Pedro Ximenez for example) for a different flavor profile. Dry vermouth can also be used for a less sweet cocktail, although it will certainly result in quite a different-tasting cocktail. In that case, remember to adjust the other ingredients accordingly to maintain balance.

Making a Pitcher of Blood and Sand:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 6 oz of each ingredient.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with cherries or orange zest twists. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container as vermouth is prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Scotch Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic whisky substitute; several on the market do an excellent job of mimicking the smoky flavor of Scotch. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own whisky substitute by making a strong brewed black or smoked tea: use 10g of tea for 1L (34 oz) of cold water. Stir well and let it infuse overnight in the fridge. Give it a taste, add some spices to taste (if necessary) and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whisky” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Cherry Heering Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic cherry syrup (the one in the maraschino cherries can work very well!). You can make your own by simmering fresh cherries with sugar and water until syrupy.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Ensure that the Scotch whisky brand you're using doesn't use any animal-derived fining agents during production.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
186
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Potassium
 
71
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.3
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
43
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Blood and Sand Cocktail Drink

Blood and Sand Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Fall calls for this simple Blood and Sand recipe! The mix of Scotch whisky, orange juice, sweet vermouth, and cherry brandy makes it a delightful cocktail.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 186

Ingredients
 

  • ¾ oz Scotch Whisky
  • ¾ oz Cherry Heering
  • ¾ oz sweet Vermouth
  • ¾ oz fresh orange juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange zest twist or cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Chilled Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set it aside.
  • In the shaker, pour in ¾ oz fresh orange juice.
  • Add ¾ oz sweet Vermouth.
  • Add ¾ oz Cherry Heering to the mix.
  • Finally, measure out and pour ¾ oz Scotch Whisky into the shaker.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, secure the lid and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry or express the orange zest on top of the glass. You can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Scotch Whisky: If you don't have Scotch, use bourbon or rye whiskey. The flavor profile will change slightly, but it will still be delicious.
  • Cherry Heering: This is a unique cherry liqueur that's hard to replace, but you can use another brand of cherry brandy if you can’t find any Cherry Heering.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Any kind of red vermouth can be used for this recipe. You could also try a fortified wine like port or sherry (Oloroso, Palo Cortado or Pedro Ximenez for example) for a different flavor profile. Dry vermouth can also be used for a less sweet cocktail, although it will certainly result in quite a different-tasting cocktail. In that case, remember to adjust the other ingredients accordingly to maintain balance.

Making a Pitcher of Blood and Sand:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 6 oz of each ingredient.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with cherries or orange zest twists. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container as vermouth is prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Scotch Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic whisky substitute; several on the market do an excellent job of mimicking the smoky flavor of Scotch. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own whisky substitute by making a strong brewed black or smoked tea: use 10g of tea for 1L (34 oz) of cold water. Stir well and let it infuse overnight in the fridge. Give it a taste, add some spices to taste (if necessary) and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whisky” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Cherry Heering Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic cherry syrup (the one in the maraschino cherries can work very well!). You can make your own by simmering fresh cherries with sugar and water until syrupy.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Ensure that the Scotch whisky brand you're using doesn't use any animal-derived fining agents during production.

What is a Blood and Sand Cocktail?

A Blood and Sand is a Scotch whisky-based cocktail made of equal parts Scotch whisky, orange juice, sweet vermouth, and cherry brandy. The drink is relatively easy to make as it requires only the ability to measure ingredients accurately and shake them together in a cocktail shaker. However, the balance of flavors can be tricky to perfect due to the combination of strong, sweet, and fruity elements. 

A side shot of a Blood and Sand cocktail in a cocktail glass on a wooden tray surrounded by two half oranges, a jigger and a bar spoon

What is a Blood and Sand Cocktail made of – The ingredients

If you’re preparing a Blood and Sand, these are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Scotch Whisky forms the cocktail’s base, providing a robust and smoky flavor.
  • Cherry Heering: A cherry liqueur that adds a sweet and fruity note to balance the smoky whisky.
  • Sweet Vermouth: This fortified wine brings complexity and depth to the cocktail with its rich, herbal flavors.
  • Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed orange juice gives a citrusy tang, brightening up the overall taste of the drink.

A Blood and Sand cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige table surrounded by Scotch Whisky, Cherry Heering, sweet Vermouth and fresh orange juice

How do you make a Blood and Sand?

Follow along with our step-by-step instructions to craft your Blood and Sand:

1
<p>Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set it aside.</p>

Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set it aside.

2
<p>Now, squeeze ¾ ounces of fresh orange juice into the shaker. The citrus will add a refreshing tang and balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.</p>

Now, squeeze ¾ ounces of fresh orange juice into the shaker. The citrus will add a refreshing tang and balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.

3
<p>Add ¾ ounce of sweet vermouth. This will add a touch of sweetness and complexity to the drink.</p>

Add ¾ ounce of sweet vermouth. This will add a touch of sweetness and complexity to the drink.

4
<p>Next, pour in ¾ ounce of cherry brandy. This will give the cocktail its distinctive fruity flavor and rich red color.</p>

Next, pour in ¾ ounce of cherry brandy. This will give the cocktail its distinctive fruity flavor and rich red color.

5
<p>Finally, pour ¾ ounce of Scotch whisky into the shaker. The smoky flavor of the Scotch will provide a robust base for the cocktail.</p>

Finally, pour ¾ ounce of Scotch whisky into the shaker. The smoky flavor of the Scotch will provide a robust base for the cocktail.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the cocktail.</p>

Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the cocktail.

8
<p>Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass (this is called a “double strain” and will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).</p>

Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass (this is called a “double strain” and will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).

9
<p>Finally, garnish the drink with a maraschino cherry or an orange peel twist. To do so, squeeze the orange zest on top of the glass. You can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added orange touch. This will add a final touch of flavor and make your cocktail look professional and inviting.</p>

Finally, garnish the drink with a maraschino cherry or an orange peel twist. To do so, squeeze the orange zest on top of the glass. You can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added orange touch. This will add a final touch of flavor and make your cocktail look professional and inviting.

History and Origin of the Blood and Sand Cocktail

The Blood and Sand was inspired by and named after a silent film of the same title: the movie “Blood and Sand“, released in 1922 and starring Rudolph Valentino, a heartthrob of his time, who played the role of a bullfighter.

Even though the drinks was actually created in the 1920s, the first written record of this cocktail appeared in Harry Craddock’s “The Savoy Cocktail Book” in 1930. This book compiled recipes from London’s Savoy Hotel, where Craddock was a bartender. 

A side shot of a Blood and Sand cocktail in a cocktail glass on a wooden tray surrounded by two half oranges, a jigger and a bar spoon, in front of a plant.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Blood and Sand cocktail?
A standard serving of the Blood and Sand cocktail contains approximately 160 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
How strong is a Blood and Sand cocktail?
The strength of a Blood and Sand cocktail typically falls around 15% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 30 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail but less potent than some others.
What type of alcohol is used in a Blood and Sand cocktail?
The Blood and Sand cocktail uses three types of alcohol: Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, and Cherry Heering, a Danish cherry liqueur. Each contributes its unique flavor profile to the overall taste of the drink.
In what kind of glass is a Blood and Sand served?
A Blood and Sand cocktail is traditionally served in a chilled coupe glass.
What does a Blood and Sand taste like?
A well-made Blood and Sand offers an intriguing balance of flavors. The Scotch provides smoky notes, while the sweet vermouth adds herbal undertones. The Cherry Heering brings sweetness and fruitiness to the mix, creating a complex yet harmonious blend.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Blood and Sand cocktail?
The classic recipe for a Blood and Sand calls for equal parts (usually one ounce each) of Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, and orange juice. This 1:1:1:1 ratio ensures that no single ingredient dominates the flavor profile.
How is Blood and Sand served with ice?
A Blood and Sand cocktail is typically shaken with ice to chill it before being strained into a glass. It is served "up," meaning without ice in the glass.

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