Blood and Sand is cocktail number 17 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Blood and Sand cocktail history
Blood and Sand (Sangre y arena), a novel written in 1908 by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez about bullfighting in Spain, was published in English in America in 1919. The novel was adapted to film several times, including a 1922 version of the movie starring Rudolph Valentino.
The Blood and Sand cocktail is believed to have been created and named after the novel and/or the movie. The recipe for the cocktail appeared in Harry Craddock’s, The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930 on page 30.
While, in 1954, the Dresden Room in Los Angeles claimed the cocktail originated there in an advertisement, it is unlikely as the Dresden Room appears to have opened later than the cocktail was published (1930). The Dresden Room website states they opened in 1954 although a 1945 advertisement calls the Dresden Room “Hollywood’s smart new rendezvous.”
Blood and Sand cocktail recipe
1/4 Scotch, 1/4 Cherry Brandy, 1/4 Sweet Vermouth, 1/4 Orange juice. Stir well with ice and strain into Whiskey Sour glass.
- Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Hiram Walker Cherry Brandy
- Gallo Sweet Vermouth
- Fresh-squeezed orange juice
Blood and Sand cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸) Rating scale
A thoroughly enjoyable cocktail. The cherry and orange flavors blend well with the Scotch creating a refreshing and delicious cocktail.
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