For some reason I had a craving for a cocktail containing orange juice… Not sure why, but I did. I thought long and hard about what to mix: Monkey Gland? Bronx Cocktail? Screwdriver? Then it hit me… Blood & Sand!

Blood & Sand is a Scotch based cocktail introduced in 1922. It was named for Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand. The red coloring of the Cherry Heering helped tie it to the film. The recipe first appeared in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Blood & Sand:

1oz. Blended Scotch

1oz. Orange Juice

1/2oz. Cherry Heering

Shake the ingredients with crushed ice, vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.