Cocktail Dare: The Blood & Sand

Peter Dolkas

Blood and Sand Cocktail

Although it may not sound like the most appetizing aperitif, the Blood and Sand is our newest indulgence. Popular at Oscar parties (and the morning after), the cocktail gets its name from the 1922 silent film Blood and Sand, in which Rudolph Valentino stars as a bullfighter. The scotch in the cocktail represents the "sand" on which he dances, and the cherry brandy and vermouth are the "blood" (of the bull, hopefully). While it may make you uneasy to write on your Oscar party menu this weekend, we dare you to give it a go in your shaker.

Ingredients Ice 1 oz. blended Scotch whisky 1 oz. orange juice 1 oz. Cherry Heering (cherry liqueur) 1 oz. sweet vermouth Amarena cherry, to garnish   Instructions  Fill a coupe glass with ice to chill. In an ice-filled shaker, combine all ingredients except the cherry, then shake for about 15 seconds. Empty the ice from the glass and strain the cocktail into it. Garnish with the cherry.

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