Hidden Cocktails: Blood and Sand

What does Rudolf Valentino have to do with this classic cocktail?

With the huge number of cocktails out in the world, it’s not surprising that a few fall through the cracks. There are hidden gems in those lost cocktails, delicious drinks that everybody would probably enjoy. This week we’re focusing on the Blood and Sand!

Blood and Sand is a cocktail that first came up in Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. It is generally thought that the title is a nod to a silent movie starring Rudolf Valentino of the same name.

  • 1 ounce Scotch (blended).
  • 1 ounce cherry liqueur.
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth.
  • 1 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed.


  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.


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Madeleine Hettich
Madeleine Hettich is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, and comic book artist. After graduating with a BFA degree (with an emphasis in Visual Communications Design) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer before being hired by GREY. She continues to develop independent illustration and comics projects in her own time. This background gives her a unique perspective when writing about any number of topics.

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