Blood and Sand (cocktail)

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Blood and Sand
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TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnishMaraschino cherry, Flamed orange zest
Standard drinkwarecocktail glass / collins glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationPour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into Cocktail glass. Flame orange zest over the top of the glass.
NotesA variant is to combine all ingredients in a collins glass, add another splash of orange juice then flame the zest over it.

Blood and Sand is one of the few classic mixed drinks that includes Scotch whisky. It was named for Rudolph Valentino's 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand.[1] The red juice of the blood orange in the drink helped link it with the film.[citation needed] The recipe is first known to have appeared in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book.[2]


  1. ^ Felten, Eric (19 January 2008). "Strange but Delicious".
  2. ^ Regan, Gary (5 October 2011). "Behind the Drink: the Blood and Sand".