Blood and Sand Cocktail

Blood and Sand Cocktail

Halloween is almost upon us!  Bwahahahaha!!!  In the spirit of the season, let’s explore one of my all time favorite cocktails: the Blood and Sand cocktail.  

blood and sand cocktail in a crystal rocks glass with a spherical ice ball

Why is a Blood and Sand Cocktail perfect for Fall?

You couldn’t ask for a better cocktail to sip on a chilly autumn evening.  The cherry liquor and the fresh blood orange juice are reminiscent of warm summer days, but then there’s just enough smoky Scotch with rich peaty flavor to transport you to a cool autumn evening by a roaring bonfire.  Ohhhh yeah…!

decomposed ingredients for a blood and sand cocktail: cherries, blood orange juice, scotch and luxardo liqueur

The Blood and Sand Restaurant, St. Louis, MO

The first time I had this drink was in the exclusive members only St. Louis establishment by the same name.  The Blood and Sand restaurant is located in downtown St. Louis at 1500 St. Charles Street.  

Interior bar of Blood and Sand Restaurant in St. Louis
Blood and Sand Restaurant. Picture courtesy of

Fortunately when we went there for the first time, we were using Google Maps.  You need to know what to look for when you go since there is no sign to herald their location.  From it’s mysterious front to it’s eclectic decor, it is reminiscent of the 1920’s hidden speak easies.

How did the Blood and Sand Cocktail get it’s name?

The Blood and Sand cocktail was first created during the Prohibition era (1920-1933).  This libation that came out around the time the 1922 Rudolph Valentino movie:  

Blood and Sand Movie Poster circa 1922
Blood and Sand Movie Poster circa 1922: Courtesy of

However it wasn’t until Harry Craddock included it in his famous Savoy Cocktail Book (England 1930) that the libation started to pick up steam in the American speak easies.

close up of spherical ice ball in tongs
Ice made from a Spirit Ice Vice

Using the juice of blood oranges and it’s deep color help keep it linked to it’s name.  Interestingly, this is one of the few classic mixed drinks that actually includes Scotch.

1/2 of a blood orange in juicer being squeezed
An extra squeeze of a blood orange over a Blood and Sand on the rocks.

So embrace your inner Valentino, grab a cozy sweater, light the fire, snuggle your sweetie and enjoy your weekend with a Blood and Sand.

blood and sand cocktail in a gold rimmed coup glass with orange peel garnish
Or enjoy it straight up with a bit of peel. Smells so good!

Cheers & Happy Halloween!

Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe - this is a rare mixed drink that calls for Scotch. Its smoky & sweet like a cool fall day and a roaring bonfire. |
4.5 from 2 votes

Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe

This is the perfect drink for fall. Mainly because the cherry liquor and the fresh blood orange juice remind me of warm summer days. But then you also have the peaty smoky Scotch in there and that goes so well with cool fall days and a roaring bonfire.  

Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Hollywood
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 154 kcal


  • 1 1/2 ounce Blended Scotch
  • 1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 ounce Juice of Blood Orange
  • 1 ounce Cherry Liquor Cherry Herring or Luxardo


  1. Pour all ingredients over ice in a shaker.  Shake well.
  2. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with blood orange zest and Maraschino cherry.

Recipe Notes

If you really want to make a splash, right before serving, light the orange zest on fire.  Rub it around the lip of the glass and then add a touch more orange juice on top.  

Valentino movie optional.  Fire in the fireplace... highly recommended.  


Nutrition Facts
Blood and Sand Cocktail Recipe
Amount Per Serving (5 ounces)
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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