Blood and Sand

Blood and sand cocktail
The Blood and Sand cocktail blends together equal portions of Scotch whisky, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth and orange juice. It is believed that cherry brandy represents the "blood", while orange juice is the "sand".
The cocktail was inspired by the film ‘Blood and Sand’ which was released in 1922. Later, in 1930, the recipe appeared in Harry Craddock's cocktail book and since then it has become a time-honoured classic.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 25 ml Scotch whisky
  • 25 ml cherry brandy
  • 25 ml sweet vermouth
  • 25 ml orange juice
  • orange peel (to garnish)


  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  • Strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with an orange peel.
Brandy requires swirling as it allows the drink to air and it also releases brandy's flavours and aromas.

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