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Master of Cocktails - Blood and Sand

by Ben Ellefsen     11. November 2013 13:55

Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand cocktail

Whisky cocktails don’t get much more classic than the Blood and Sand, so it was inevitable that it would feature on #MasterofCocktails sooner or later. This version has, however, been thoroughly pimped with some snazzy new ingredients!

Most of the tweets I received last night went along the lines of "I need to get me some of that", almost regardless of the ingredient that was being mentioned. They were all 100% spot on too - you do indeed need these in your life as they're properly crazy-good!

Let's get amongst them.

Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand ingredients

You’ll be needing these...
(only muggins here forgot the garnish didn’t he?)

List of Ingredients

  • 20ml Inchmurrin – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
  • 20ml Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth
  • 20ml Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Cherry Brandy – 2013
  • 20ml Fresh orange juice
  • 5 pipettes Acid Phosphate
  • Luxardo Maraschino Cherry (Garnish)
  • Master of Cocktails Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

    ...and one of these beauties too.

    First of all – you know the drill – chuck that coupette glass in the freezer.

    Master of Cocktails coupette in freezer

    Now, this is a whisky cocktail after all, and we've got an absolute belter here.

    Master of Cocktails Inchmurrin Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

    It's an Inchmurrin from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Huge Sherry and a nice, punchy ABV to boot...

    Master of Cocktails Inchmurrin Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

    Most barmen agree that the traditional 1:1:1:1 ratio for the Blood and Sand isn't right for today's palate, and up the whisky accordingly. We're actually going to use the 1:1:1:1 ratio, but we’re using a 55% malt rather than a 40% blend to achieve the same effect.

    So, 20ml of the Inchmurrin goes into a boston shaker.

    Master of Cocktails Inchmurrin Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

    Closely followed by 20ml of Antica Formula sweet vermouth:

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand pouring Carpano Antica Formula vermouth

    Next up, 20ml of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Vintage Cherry Brandy:

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Cherry Brandy

    This stuff is weapons-grade mental by the way. Just wait until you see the colour of the finished drink!

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand measuring Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Cherry Brandy

    And, of course, 20ml of freshly squeezed (by you) orange juice. You'll know the difference, trust me.

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand orange juice

    Now at this point – have a taste of the mix. It's good. Very good in fact. But it's missing that final bit of 'zip'. If you were using juicing oranges, or picking them literally off the tree, you'd probably have a touch more acidity, but we're going to give this a lift using Acid Phosphate.

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand Worship Street Whistling Shop Acid Phosphate

    This stuff is a mixture of Phosphoric Acid, and a proprietary blend of Magnesium and Potassium Salts. It's ace. Get some.

    You want 5 pipettes, give or take (depending on the acid content of the fruit).

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand Worship Street Whistling Shop Acid Phosphate pipette

    Now taste the mix again... Not only is the acid content up (increased zip), but the salts have 'seasoned' the drink. Win.

    Fill the shaker with ice and go at it hammer and tongs until the shaker frosts up.

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand shaker

    This is what you’re after:

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand Frosty Shaker

    Frosty

    Now remove your chilled glass from the freezer and add a maraschino cherry.

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand Maraschino Cherry garnish

    Finally, double-strain the drink into the glass over the cherry.

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sandy double strain

    This is why we double-strain, by the way:

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand ice shards

    Ice shards

    And there we have it. The Blood and Sand. Cherry, orange, and superb whisky in perfect harmony.

    Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand

    Enjoy!

    The Acid Phosphate is really a key ingredient here. It makes the drink in my humble opinion.

    So that's it for this week, next time we're going off-piste with a modified version of Brian Butterfield's favourite drink, The 'Fluffy Ruffles'.

    Master of Cocktails next week's ingredients

    Next week, you’ll be needing these…

    Brugal 1888, Byrrh, Monin Sugar Syrup and a Lime.

    Ben

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