Making the perfect Blood and Sand Cocktail

Okay, so once in a while at MoM towers, we like to make a brief foray into the wonderful (if dangerous) world of Mixology.

Over the next few months we’ll be publishing some reasonably detailed recipes of our favourite whisky cocktails for you to make at home – and this week’s instalment is the famous Blood and Sand.

This absolute belter of a cocktail is best made with fresh orange juice, but (and this is really important) you’ll need to find juicing oranges, not eating oranges – the flavours are completely different, and we need the sharpness from the oranges to come through as a key component of the drink. If you can’t get hold of these, a very close second is shop-bought fresh orange juice.

List of ingredients:

Straining a Blood and Sand Cocktail


The Perfect Blood and Sand
  • Take a Martini Glass, pack it with ice, and top up with cold water to chill.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, then fill the shaker with ice.
  • Shake until the shaker frosts up.
  • Strain into the now chilled martin glass.
  • Garnish with a twist of orange peel (squeeze the peel into the glass to get some of the oil from the skin to float on top of the cocktail)
  • Take a sip, and WHAT THE HELL? I know full well exactly what I put in that, it was scotch whisky (Glenfarclas to be precise), vermouth, cherry liqueur and orange juice, so how exactly does it taste of dark chocolate?
  • Begin search for the person who’s obviously angered some kind of wizard or demon.

Keep checking back over the next few weeks for further instalments of our favourite whisky cocktails.

The Chaps at Master of Malt