Blood and Sand

The Blood and Sand is named after the 1922 Rudolph Valentino film Blood and Sand, which chronicles the demise of a reckless, sadomasochistic bull fighter in love with a girl called Carmen (hence blood on the sand etc.).

The cocktail first appears in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, compiled by Harry Craddock.

The phrase “Blood and sand” is a favourite of my father, Cliff, who uses it as a low-calorie proxy for his more energetic “Bloody hell!”

Blood and Sand, Fred Niblo (dir.) 1922

Blood and Sand

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Serves: 1
Cooking Time: None


  • 25ml Scotch whisky
  • 25ml sweet vermouth
  • 25ml cherry Heering
  • 25ml orange juice



Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with orange.

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