The Blood and Sand – Classic Scotch Cocktail

A liquor forward scotch cocktail that is a classic!



Scotch is one of Mr. Nom’s favorite spirits, but it isn’t one of those that is found in a lot of cocktails. There is a big school of thought that using any scotch in a cocktail is sacrilege, as many drinkers think that a beautifully crafted scotch is already the perfect libation. However, we are big believers that using great ingredients can result in even more amazing combinations that can outshine their individual parts.



One combination that definitely fits this description is today’s cocktail, the Blood and Sand, which is probably the essential scotch cocktail.



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Blood and Sand Cocktail in Cocktail coupe with jigger, flowers and Scotch bottle in background




Scotch Cocktail

Named after the 1922 movie Blood and Sand which featured Rudolph Valentino as a dashing bullfighter who has a torrid affair with a seductive and very wealthy widow which eventually leads to his tragic death in the bull ring due to his recklessness.



Like the movie’s bullfighter, mixing a robust scotch into a cocktail might seem reckless, but this combination might just make you want to have a torrid affair with this drink!




Blood and Sand Cocktail in Cocktail coupe with jigger and flowers in background



Combining scotch, sweet vermouth, fresh squeezed orange juice and cherry brandy, the combination of robust scotch, sweet vermouth and brandy and the bright tart orange juice plays across your palate and will make you wonder why you didn’t mix your scotch with good stuff to begin with! We started out with one of our favorite scotches, Monkey Shoulder, a blended scotch that is a rich combination of toasted malts, vanilla, and warm spices with just a hint of peat and oak.



The sweet vermouth give just a hint of sweetness and brings an herbal quality that enhances the oak and smoke of the scotch.



The bright orange juice adds just the right amount of acid and citrus sweetness that opens up the flavors and brings a hint of sunshine to the cocktail. Most recipes call for Cherry Heering or a cherry liqueur, but we love to use the cherry infused brandy that results from making our brandied cherries.



Richly cherry flavored, the combination of sweet and tart and mulling spices used to spice up the cherries, the cherry brandy pulls all those warm spices in the scotch into the forefront. We liked our recipe with a bit more scotch than the traditional recipe which calls for even parts of all the ingredients.  We hope you give this one a try!






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Blood and Sand - Classic Scotch Cocktail

A classic Scotch cocktail with vermouth and blood orange juice.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 1.25 oz Scotch
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz cherry brandy


Pour all ingredients into a shaker.

Fill with ice. Shake vigorously.

Strain into cocktail coupe.

Garnish with a brandied cherry or enjoy straight.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 4.1g Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 2.6g Protein: 0.2g


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24 thoughts on “The Blood and Sand – Classic Scotch Cocktail

  1. It is perfectly all: the name of the cocktail, his legend, the ingredients well, and as the crown of cherry brandy own production. I am sure the taste wonderful. And yes, whiskey can and should be used in cocktails 🙂

  2. Never been a scotch fan but starting to like bourbon. Think I could sub? This sounds tasty and when I am adulting it would make me look cool for sure! I do need to buy some brandy and vermouth:)

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