Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe

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Blood and Sand cocktail ingredients make for a delightfully sweet and refreshing drink with hints of spice. This classic citrus-based scotch cocktail is high up on our list of orange juice cocktails, perfect for any season. Unfortunately, this cocktail has fallen to the wayside over the years, but we’re bringing it back!  



Store your vermouth in the fridge after opening and use within three months.


For the best flavour (and colour) results, make sure to use freshly squeezed blood orange juice.


For best juicing results, make sure your blood oranges are at room temperature.



1 Person

22.5 Ml

0.75 Oz

0.75 Parts

22.5 Ml

0.75 Oz

0.75 Parts

22.5 Ml

0.75 Oz

0.75 Parts

Cherry liqueur
22.5 Ml

0.75 Oz

0.75 Parts

Blood orange juice
Orange peel, to garnish


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Add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker


Add all the ingredients, close the lid and shake vigorously until extra cold 


Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange peel twist

What is a Blood and Sand cocktail?   

This delicious citrus-based scotch cocktail made its first public appearance in 1930 in the classic Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock. It’s not certain whether he invented it, and the exact history of the Blood and Sand cocktail might forever be a mystery. What we can tell you is that it was named after Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 silent movie, Blood and Sand—a film about bullfighting. While the movie was a big hit, we are happy to report that it does not taste like the movie’s title!   

Blood and Sand cocktail recipe

Blood and Sand cocktail ingredients include Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, and blood orange juice. It might seem like an odd combination, and maybe that’s why it never made it to the cocktail hall of fame, but we promise you it is surprisingly delicious (even if you’re not the biggest whisky fan). Gather the troops, shake one up and give it a go!   

Choosing your whisky

This is one of the best whiskey cocktails you can make, and while good Scotch has its place, this is not it. Whisky purists will tell you to reach for a bottle of blended Scotch, and we agree. It’s less expensive so stick to the middle-of-the-road Scotch whisky when making cocktails.  

How to serve the Blood and Sand cocktail?

The Bood and Sand cocktail is best served in an icy cold chilled coupe or martini glass. For garnish, you’ll be making an orange peel twist. Do this by holding the orange over the drink as you peel it. Before adding the orange peel to the cocktail, twist it to release its oils. This little trick will give the Blood and Sand an extra zesty orange taste. Yum!  

When to serve the Blood and Sand cocktail?

This sophisticated drink is the perfect anytime cocktail. Enjoy it with friends during your afternoon happy hour, or serve it as a pre-dinner drink or nightcap for the perfect evening. 

How Strong is the Blood and Sand cocktail?

The strength depends on the whisky you use for the cocktail and how diluted it gets when shaking and straining. On average, a Blood and Sand cocktail is about 16% ABV. This is relatively mild if you compare it to other Scotch whisky cocktails, like the Rob Roy (26% ABV). 


Luckily not like blood and sand! What are we? Matadors? You’ll know you've struck gold if you can taste each ingredient. The scotch gives off a bit of oak, the orange adds a citrus note, the cherry liqueur adds hints of tartness, and the sweet vermouth gives it a sweet and spicy finish. When balanced correctly, it is absolutely moreish. 

To make sure your Blood and Sand is full-bodied and vibrant, you need to shake it until you break into a sweat.  

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