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Blood & Sand

by Anastasia Hartleib
Blood & Sand

The Blood and Sand cocktail is a fascinating drink with a unique history and a flavor profile that is as unmistakable as its name. It goes back to the 1922 silent film of the same name, in which Rudolph Valentino played the leading role. This cocktail was created at the height of Prohibition and quickly became a symbol of the Roaring Twenties. The composition of the drink is a harmonious blend of ingredients that reflects the artistic fusion of genres in the film.

In keeping with the film, matching ingredients were of course also chosen: the strong red of the blood orange juice symbolizes the "blood", while the Scotch whisky represents the "sand". This creative naming also gives the drink a touch of mysticism.

The Blood and Sand is best enjoyed as an aperitif or for a social evening, as its balanced flavors make it an excellent choice for those who appreciate both Scotch and fruity cocktails. It's a perfect option for anyone looking to explore the world of whisky cocktails beyond the traditional Old Fashioned or Manhattan.

Blood and Sand cocktail recipe

Ingredients (for 2 servings):

  • 6 cl Scotch whisky
  • 6 cl blood orange juice
  • 6 cl cherry brandy
  • 6 cl Vermouth Rosso


  1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake vigorously & strain into two cocktail glasses.

Blood & Sand Cocktail Rezept

How to serve

The Blood and Sand cocktail is usually served in a cocktail glass, often garnished with a piece of blood orange peel or a maraschino cherry for added visual charm. While the classic recipe calls for Scotch whisky, the choice of whisky can be adapted to personal preference. Some variants even use peated Scotch for a smokier note.

What does the Blood and Sand cocktail taste like?

The taste of a Blood and Sand cocktail is a delicious blend of contrasting flavors. The combination of ingredients creates a complex and intriguing flavor profile. Here's a breakdown of the typical flavor:

  • Citrusy: The main flavor of a Blood and Sand cocktail is the sweet and tangy notes of blood orange juice, which adds a refreshing moment to the drink.
  • Fruity and sweet: The red vermouth often used in this recipe gives the cocktail a complex and sweet note. It complements the citrus notes and contributes to the overall fruity profile.
  • Strong and smoky: The Scotch whisky adds depth and complexity. Depending on the Scotch variety used, different degrees of smokiness, peatiness or maltiness can be perceived. The use of whisky gives the drink a mature and robust character.
  • Herbs and bitters: Pro tip! A dash of orange bitters can create a subtle herbal and bitter undertone that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients. A great option for connoisseurs.

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Anastasia Hartleib

Anastasia Hartleib

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