Keeping Halloween Classic: Blood & Sand

Blood and Sand Classic Cocktail - photo property of Cheri Loughlin - The Intoxicologist

The Blood & Sand classic cocktail 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 & 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.

Blood & Sand Classic Cocktail Recipe

Blood and Sand Scotch Cocktails - This classic dates into the 1930’s, but little else is known about the drink’s creation. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Blood and Sand Scotch Cocktails – This classic dates into the 1930’s, but little else is known about the drink’s creation. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Blood & Sand – Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails

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 & 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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2 Responses to Keeping Halloween Classic: Blood & Sand

  1. I love this Cocktail and I crafted a version in honor of Sedona Arizona. Being from NY I have never seen the desert so it was extremely inspiring.

    Sedona Sand

    2 oz Don Julio Anejo Tequila
    .50 oz Cherry Herring
    .50 Ramazzotti Amaro
    .50 Blood Orange Puree

    Shaken and strained into a Martini Glass Rinsed in Ardbeg 10 Year Scotch, flamed orange twist garnish.

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