The Blood and Sand cocktail is a wonderful scotch-based classic every whiskey drinker would love. The ingredients needed for this masterpiece are scotch, sweet vermouth, Heering cherry liqueur, and fresh orange juice (blood orange to be more specific). Only good stuff. 😉 What’s important here is that the scotch has to be smooth and the orange juice freshly squeezed for best results.

When it comes to the origin of the drink, as with most classics, not much is known. Who invented it, where, and why… blank. What we know is that it first appeared in Henry Craddok’s 1930 “The Savoy Cocktail Book”. For some, that would mean it’s Craddock’s drink, however being in his book does not necessarily mean it’s his. The other thing that is known about this cocktail is that it was inspired, or at least its name, by the movie “Blood and Sand” from 1922.

Not much information, but that is not really important. It’s a brilliant and easy-to-make cocktail, and that is all that matters. Try it and tell us what you think. 😉



How to make the Blood and Sand cocktail:


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ¾ of each ingredient (scotch, sweet vermouth, Heering cherry liqueur, blood orange juice)
  2. Fill with ice and shake.
  3. Double strain into a coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel or a slice of blood orange.
  5. Enjoy.


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