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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.
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!
If You are Looking for a Classic Cocktail, Try These!
- Gin and Jam
- Clover Club
- Christmas Old Fashioned
- Ward Eight
- Raspberry Gimlet
- Maple Old Fashioned
- Pimm’s Cup
- Apple Cider Sidecar
- Lavender Bee’s Knees
- Hibiscus Salty Dog
- Pisco Sour
- Champs Elysees
Combining scotch, sweet vermouth, fresh squeezed orange juice and cherry brandy, the combination with orange juice plays across your palate. The flavors 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.
What Ingredients are Needed for the Blood and Sand?
- Cherry Brandy
- Sweet Vermouth
- Blood Orange Juice
- Scotch Whisky
The bright orange juice adds just the right amount of acid and citrus sweetness. The juice opens up the flavors and brings a hint of sunshine to the cocktail. Most recipes call for Cherry Heering or a cherry liqueur. 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!
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
OTHER BLOOD ORANGE COCKTAILS
- Blood Orange Gin Sour – Gastronom
- Sparkling Blood Orange Cocktail – Bread Booze Bacon
- Blood and Bourbon – Gastronom
- Classic Blood Orange Margarita – White on Rice Couple
- Blood Orange Boulevardier – Striped Spatula
OTHER CLASSIC SCOTCH COCKTAILS
- Scotch Old Fashioned – Taste of Home
- Smooth Rusty Nail – The Weary Chef
- Whiskey Smash – Wanderlust Kitchen
- Rob Roy – Liquor.com
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- 1.25 oz Scotch
- 1 oz cherry brandy
- 1 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
Pour all ingredients into a shaker.
Fill with ice. Shake vigorously.
Strain into cocktail coupe.
Garnish with a brandied cherry or enjoy straight.
Luminarc Barcraft Coupe Cocktail (Set of 4), 5.5 oz, Clear
Luxardo, Gourmet Cocktail Maraschino Cherries 400G Jar
Luckygoobo Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker,25oz,Silver
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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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