Blood and Sand 1.000

Julia Ewan - The Washington Post

Feb 18, 2009

This is a take on a classic named after the 1922 movie starring Rudolph Valentino as a bullfighter. The original calls for freshly squeezed orange juice; using the juice of blood oranges, which are in season, makes the cocktail nicer.

For Scotch, use a light single-malt that is not too smoky, such as Glenfiddich or Glenkinchie, or stick with a blended Scotch. As an alternative, this can be served in an ice-filled highball glass, in which case, double the amount of orange juice, then top with a splash of club soda.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce scotch
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce cherry-flavored liqueur, such as Cherry Heering
  • Thin slice of orange, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add the Scotch, vermouth, juice and cherry-flavored liqueur. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the

slice of orange.

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Recipe Source

From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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