Drink of The Weekend – May 10th –

- Blood & Sand -

Welcome to the next edition of  the FANFOOD Drink of the Weekend. Every weekend we will provide you with recipes for great drinks that are perfect for your backyard BBQ, or at your next tailgate party.


This week it’s Blood & Sand


Blood and Sand is a scotch based cocktail introduced in 1922. It was named for Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand, the story of a young boy who becomes a famous bull fighter staring Rudolph Valentino. The red juice of the blood orange in the drink helped link it with the film.



It seems like an odd mixture, but it works. What you get is a well balanced drink with a hint of fruitiness and some kick.

Blood and Sand not only inspired a cocktail but provided the moniker for a football Hall-of-Famer. A little over 80 years ago, a couple of college players eager to pick up some beer-and-pretzel money playing pro ball — but loath to give up their last year of college eligibility — decided to adopt aliases. Passing a marquee for the Valentino pic, John McNally turned to his friend and said: “That’s it. You be Sand. I’ll be Blood.” Johnny Blood never did return to play college football, but after a few years in the pros he ended up playing for Curly Lambeau’s Green Bay Packers. As the team’s star halfback, Blood helped lead the Packers to four championships.



Blood & Sand



1½ oz Scotch whisky
¾ oz Cherry Heering liqueur
¾ oz sweet vermouth
¾ oz fresh blood-orange juice


Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a cherry, or orange peel, or both.

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