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
- 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.