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The Blood and Sand: A Liquor-Confused Concoction That Stirs the Senses

With a bit of mystery in its history, this somewhat elusive cocktail on paper could appear a bit conflicted, perhaps confused, when you first glance its ingredients...but we’re here to share that the Blood and Sand is an unexpected delight with its spicy and sweet profile.

Originally published in Harry Craddock’s 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book, this unlikely combination of ingredients serves up a great profile for pairing with a variety of foods and meals.

Its namesake was inspired by silent movie star actor, Rudolph Valentino...aka “The Latin Lover” in the film “Blood and Sand.” The drink was originally made with scotch, but Aaron Howard Bar Manager of Portland’s , and President of the Northwest Bartenders Association, weaves in Wanderback Batch No. 1 using the vintage recipe, and the chemistry is undeniable:

Blood and Sand. circa 1922


In an ice-filled shaker, combine:

3/4 oz Wanderback Batch No. 1 single malt

3/4  cherry heering *

3/4 oz orange juice

3/4 oz sweet vermouth

And, Serve...Shake, double strain and serve up in a coupe

Wanderback founder, Phil Downer, then fell hard for this contemporary version that mysteriously resembles that enigmatic mixology:

(A Blood and Sand by any other name…)

Single Malt Old-Fashioned

2 oz Wanderback Batch No. 1 single malt

3 dashes angostura bitters

3 dashes regans orange bitters

Bar spoon of simple syrup

Serve on a big rock with an orange twist


Clearly, there is a lot of latitude to play around with ingredients and your passions.

No matter how you slice it, with this cocktail, we’re in love! Enjoy!

* Created by Peter Heering and produced in Denmark since 1818, Cherry Heering is a ruby-red liqueur made by soaking lightly crushed Danish cherries and a blend of spices in neutral grain spirits, then cask-maturing the mixture for up to five years, adding sugar during the aging process.