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Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe; How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail

How to make a Blood and Sand cocktail; The Blood and Sand is one of the very few cocktails which involve scotch whiskey. Which was named after Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 bullfighter film “Blood and Sand”. The cocktail is a classic and elegant one at that. Here is The Daily Drinks recipe for the Blood and Sand.

Here’s What You Are Going to Need:


  • Chilled mixing glass
  • Strainer
  • Double old fashioned glass or cocktail glass of your choice



  • Orange slice
  • Orange Juice
blood and sand cocktail garnished with a blood orange wedge

Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: blood and sand cocktail, blood and sand drink, blood and sand recipe
Servings: 1
Calories: 350kcal


  • Chilled mixing glass
  • Strainer
  • Double old-fashioned glass or cocktail glass


  • 2 oz Cherry Heering
  • 1 tsp Orange Bitters
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 oz Scotch
  • Ice


  • Orange Juice
  • Blood Orange Slice


  • Add a dash of orange bitters, vermouth and scotch into a chilled mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir.
  • Strain mix into double old fashion glass or cocktail glass.
  • Add the cherry heering
  • Garnish with a slice of a blood orange. For a modern touch, try adding some Versa-whipped orange juice to the top of the drink to give it a wonderful orange head.
  • Serve.



Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 15mg
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History of The Blood and Sand Cocktail

Blood and Sand is one of the few traditional blended drinks featuring Scotch whisky. It was named after the 1922 Bullfighter film Blood and Sand by Rudolph Valentino. The blood orange juice in the drink has helped link it to the film. The recipe is believed to have first appeared in the Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930.

Recipe Notes and FAQs

I can’t find Cherry Heering what elese can I use?

Any cherry liqueur will suffice as a good substitute for the heering, we would recommend kirsch, maraschino liqueur as it has the same bitter taste being made from cherry pits.

What is versa whip?

Versa whip is a cockatil product used to create a foam or froth ontop of the drink, you can find it here. If you dont have versa whip dont worry, it is not a necessity, it is more of a cosmetic to give the drink an elegant look.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many milliliters you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make in total and the calculator will do the rest.

Blood and Sand Cocktail Calculator

Some Other Ways This Drink Is Made

Some key differences include less scotch, less cherry liqueur, less sweet vermouth, and less orange juice. (Equal parts)

Some key differences include, the use of blood orange oil instead of orange bitters, Rosso vermouth instead of sweet vermouth.

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