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Great Classic Cocktail: Blood & Sand

The delicious cocktail has been on my favorite list for almost 7 years. Steven and I found the recipe for it when we were researching classic, turn of the century cocktails for our Speakeasy themed wedding reception so it’s an oldie but a goodie! And these days, I see it all over Seattle at chic bars and restaurants which is awesome!

It’s one of those cocktails that goes well with a lot of different food and snacks.

It’s oddly refreshing yet quite flavorful so good in every season. It’s hard to believe there is such a thing as a refreshing and ‘lighter’ scotch cocktail right?!? It’s pretty booze forward though so know that it packs a punch haha. One or two are pretty much it for me for a night! Any more than that and you’ll find me dancing on a table with a lampshade on my head…

If you like cherries and either scotch or bourbon this is a must try for you. Be sure to only use Heering though—other cherry liqueurs just don’t taste any where close to it in my opinion.

Prep time: 2-4
Serves: 1 person
Pairs well with: Savory and complex flavors, appetizers, fruit desserts, pork and beef dishes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ounce Scotch (or Bourbon)
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 ounce Cherry Heering
  • 1 ounce Orange or Blood Orange Juice
  • Optional: Luxardo Cherries and blood orange

Mixing instructions:

  • Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously.
  • Strain into a champagne couple or martini glass for a classic look.
  • Garnish with Luxardo Cherries and/or round slice of a blood orange.

Notes:

  • There are many types of artisinal sweet vermouth brands these days. Try a few to see which appeals to you most; we love Lustau brand the best.
  • When choosing Scotch, it’s best to avoid peaty varieties. Our preference for Scotch in this recipe is Glenfiddich or Dalmore with a very close runner up in a more wallet friendly range is Bird Dog Whiskey.
  • Luxardo Cherries are pricey but so worth it as it is a not from concentrate or fresh squeezed orange juice.
  • If you like the idea of having champagne coupe or cocktail glasses, check out thrift stores and antique malls for bargains. We have a mixed collection of many patterns which is both fun and functional (guests know which glass is theirs even at larger parties).

DOWNLOAD THE RECIPE HERE!

Featured Photo by Nicole Vaughn