This classiccocktail leans to the sweeter side of cocktail creation, but stands as an excellent example of scotch’s use in drink recipes. The tiniest hint of smoke intertwines with Cherry Heering’s playful chocolate notes for a richly rewarding sip. Its underlying orange flavor adds the perfect touch of balance. Though the recipe calls for blended scotch, it would be most interesting to sample the Blood and Sand with something a wee bit more robust such as Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Laphroaig 18 or The Macallan 17 since all carry heartier tones and would play rather nicely with the wisps of chocolate in the Cherry Heering Liqueur.
1 ounce Blended Scotch
1 ounce Orange Juice
3/4 ounce Cherry Heering
3/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth
Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Place all liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with speared maraschino cherry.
The Blood and Sand cocktail would also make a wonderful addition to a classic cocktail menu line up for Halloween parties this season without all the ghoulish gore.
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