Blood and Sand
The Blood and Sand counters the notion that Scotch whisky can't play well in a mixed drink: Without that deep, vital smokiness, this drink would be a much less exciting proposition. In the 1930 "Savoy Cocktail Book," Harry Craddock’s recipe calls for equal parts Scotch whisky, cherry brandy, Italian vermouth and orange juice. I prefer different proportions that allow the whisky and juice to predominate — and I especially like it when fresh blood orange juice is available, both for color and flavor.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1ounce Scotch whisky (choose a blend with a distinctly smoky character)
- ¾ounce sweet vermouth
- ¾ounce cherry liqueur
- 1ounce fresh orange juice (preferably from a blood orange)
- Orange peel (a twist or a swath) for garnish
Step 1Shake liquid ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with orange peel.