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Blood and Sand, Swank Cocktail #17

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Blood and Sand cocktail
Blood and Sand cocktail

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.

“Blood and Sand Novel,” newspaper advertisement, New York Herald (New York , New York), 8 June 1919, Books and the Book World, section 6, p. 5, col. 3.
“Blood and Sand Novel,” newspaper advertisement, New York Herald (New York , New York), 8 June 1919, Books and the Book World, section 6, p. 5, col. 3.
Blood and Sand, Movie starring Rudolph Valentino, 1922
Blood and Sand, Movie starring Rudolph Valentino, 1922 (Click image to view movie)

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.”

"The Dresden Room, Home of the Blood and Sand Cocktail,” newspaper advertisement, Daily News (Los Angeles, California), 23 Nov 1954, p. 30, col. 6.
“The Dresden Room, Home of the Blood and Sand Cocktail,” newspaper advertisement, Daily News (Los Angeles, California), 23 Nov 1954, p. 30, col. 6.
“Herman Byren’s The Dresden Room,” newspaper advertisement, The Los Angeles Times(Los Angeles, California), 14 July 1945, p. 4, col. 7.
“Herman Byren’s The Dresden Room,” newspaper advertisement, The Los Angeles Times(Los Angeles, California), 14 July 1945, p. 4, col. 7.

Blood and Sand cocktail recipe

Blood and Sand cocktail recipe
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.

Ingredients used:

  • Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Hiram Walker Cherry Brandy
  • Gallo Sweet Vermouth
  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice

Blood and Sand cocktail review

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A thoroughly enjoyable cocktail. The cherry and orange flavors blend well with the Scotch creating a refreshing and delicious cocktail.

Next up… Cocktail #18, Bloody Mary

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