Blood and Sand......named after an early 1900's film about a matador, but the name also applies to a current gladiatorial drama. Either way, the name conjures a striking image, not necessarily pleasant. The drink is much more pleasant than its namesake, I can tell you that.
I have seen this on several bar and restaurant menus recently, it seems to have had a recent revival. It is one of the few cocktails that calls for Scotch Whisky, which sounds not so wonderful. I will have to make it with Scotch and let you know. I substituted Rye Whiskey for taste's sake, because I wanted to like the drink. Now that I know how wonderful it tastes with Rye, I will try with Scotch.
As I made it:
3 oz Bulleit Rye
2 oz Cherry Heering
2 oz Fresh squeezed tangerine juice (recipe calls for orange)
2 capfuls of Martini sweet vermouth
Though served cold, this is a very warming, smooth drink. It is complex in flavor, with notes of spice, tart, mildly sweet. It has a turbid muted red. Come to think of it, it looks somewhat like chronic ascites. If you are not a medical professional, you probably do not want to know what I mean.
I suspect it tastes a lot better than ascites, though. I should hope so!
Anyways, here is a pic - enjoy!
In another vein - I just received a box from a friend in WA. Lisa S. has known me since I was in 6th grade. We rode the bus together to Aspen Elementary. I moved to TX from CA in 1987.....and as is wont to happen we lost touch. Fast Forward to 2008 or so and my discovery of Facebook. I have reconnected with so many people, I truly am thankful! Anyway, Lisa and her husband Steve, in addition to being avid horse racing fans, are involved in Project V Distillery and the making of Single Silo Vodka. They sent me a bottle of this highly regarded spirit and a kit to make Chai infused vodka. A little bit of heaven in a bottle! I can barely wait to start......so off I go!