Blood and Sand

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This prohibition era cocktail was named after the 1922 film Blood and Sand, the story of a young boy who becomes a famous bull fighter staring Rudolph Valentino.

blood-and-sand.jpgIt seems like an odd mixture, but it works. What you get is a well balanced drink with a hint of fruitiness and some kick.

Top bartender Dale DeGroff tells the the story of how he thought it would be “godawful” until he tried it. So good, in fact, BarSmarts named the Blood and Sand as one of 25 cocktails every bartender should know.


  • ¾ oz scotch whisky
  • ¾ oz Cherry Heering liqueur
  • ¾ oz sweet vermouth
  • ¾ oz orange juice (preferably fresh-squeezed)


Combine ingredients in a shaker with a scoop of ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with an orange peel.


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  2. by Monshine, September 16th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I love this drink! I had it the first time at the historic Dresden in Hollywood – it’s their signature drink!

  3. by drinkoftheweek, September 16th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    it sound gross, but is amazing!