Blood and Sand, A Classic Scotch Recipe

Published ~ January 25th, 2021 | Updated ~ March 28th, 2021
Author ~ Carl Busch
Tags ~ Scotch | Sweet Vermouth |

What happens when you combine the flavors of smoke, cherry, and orange with a splash of sweetness? You get one of our new favorite cocktails, the Blood and Sand.

One of the biggest lessons I've learned in cocktail-making is that you need to step out of your comfort zone. You have to if you want to understand new flavor profiles and ingredients.

Not everyone will like what I like, so I have to know how to make drinks for them, right? A while back, I made a cocktail I call Mr. Tea. It uses a tea syrup, and I'm not a big fan of tea. Come back in the spring for that one.

Blood and Sand Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz cherry heering
  • 1 oz auchentoshan

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a tin
  2. Add ice
  3. Shake for 10 - 15 seconds
  4. Double strain into glass

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Anyway, I decided to play around with Scotch this week. I'm not a huge fan of Scotch, and I can remember the first time I tried it. My only thought was, "How do people drink this stuff?" But Riley likes it, and we have a couple of bottles, so I figured, why not?

I'm not a huge fan of the peaty flavor of the whiskey type, but I eventually was able to find one I sort of liked.

I played around with Scotches, whose tastes were more smoky than peaty, and I found Auchentoshan's 12-year single malt. I sometimes make a scotch old fashioned with it. It was an enjoyable alternative.

But, this was about the extent of my Scotch drinking. After I left bartending, I really never ordered a drink with it. And I never kept a bottle of Scotch in the house.

Then, about 3 months ago, Riley and I bought our first bottle of Scotch. Thanks to Parks and Rec, and specifically, Ron Swanson, we chose Lagavulin 8-year.

Still wasn't really my thing. So I bought a bottle of Auchentoshan 12 year. And made the Scotch old fashioned I used to drink. It was as good as I remembered.

A few weeks ago, I watched a video on the Blood and Sand from the channel Let's Talk Drinks. I had never tried this cocktail, but I realized we already had all of the ingredients.

Riley and I decided to make one up. We were both floored by how great it was. It's a well-balanced cocktail because of the orange juice and sweet vermouth. The cherry liqueur is subtle but works well with the smoky flavor of the Auchentoshan.

Do I want you to try a Blood and Sand if you have never had one? Absolutely yes! It might be one of our new go-to cocktails.

The biggest thing I want you to take away from this video is that you don't have to, and shouldn't, settle for ingredients you're comfortable with. Push your palette, components, and experiences as much as possible. You never know what you might be missing.

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