Blood & Sand

This classic’s name is a tribute to the 1922 silent movie Blood and Sand, which stars Rudolph Valentino as a poor young Spaniard who eventually becomes a great matador. Fruity and only faintly smoky, it’s an approachable drink for people who aren’t sure they like Scotch. Slideshow: Cocktails Recipes for the Coupe 

Blood & Sand
Photo: © Lucas Allen
Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 ounce blended Scotch, such as Compass Box Asyla

  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

  • 1 ounce cherry liqueur, preferably Heering

  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice

  • Ice

  • 1 orange wheel, for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Scotch, vermouth, cherry liqueur and orange juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the orange wheel.

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