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The Blood and Sand – Scotch Whiskey Cocktails

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Last Updated on October 6, 2020 by

A favorite liquor forward scotch whiskey cocktails 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 Whiskey Cocktails

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



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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 one of the great scotch whiskey cocktails. 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!






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Blood and Sand Cocktail
Yield: 1

Blood and Sand - Classic Scotch Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A classic Scotch cocktail with vermouth and blood orange juice.


  • 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.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 4.1gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2.6gProtein: 0.2g

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Blood and Sand Classic Cocktail - Scotch, cherry brandy, blood orange juice, sweet vermouth




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