Blood and Sand Cocktail

Blood and Sand Cocktail

By Mark Hinds | Updated August 15, 2022

The Blood and Sand Cocktail is a classic scotch cocktail recipe named after the Rudolph Valentino movie about a bullfighter from the 1920s.

The original recipe was first published in The Savoy Cocktail Book and used 3/4 oz proportions for all four ingredients. We prefer Dr. Cocktail’s updated version from his Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails book that has slightly more scotch and orange juice.

An addition to a lot of recipes is a flamed orange peel as a garnish. We prefer a good cherry because they taste better than flamed orange peels do and are a lot less fussy.

Blood and Sand Cocktail
Shake it hard enough to get small ice chards floating in the drink

This cocktail is best when you’ve shaken it hard enough to get small ice shards floating in the drink after you’ve strained it into the glass. The little ice shards give it an interesting texture that seems appropriate for a drink named Blood and Sand.

Blood and Sand Cocktail

Blood and Sand Cocktail

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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 1 oz scotch
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 3/4 oz Cherry Heering
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth


  • Pour the scotch, orange juice, Cherry Herring, and sweet vermouth into an iced cocktail shaker.
    1 oz scotch, 1 oz orange juice, 3/4 oz Cherry Heering, 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a cherry.

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Mark is an experienced food writer, recipe developer, and photographer who is also Umami’s publisher and CEO. A passionate cook who loves to cook for friends, he can often be found in the kitchen or by the grill testing new recipes.

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