As I mentioned the other day, I have been looking for more interesting, offbeat drinks to cover on this blog. Suddenly, the Blood and Sand came into my life – from several directions. Dr. J brought it up first… said he’d had it a few times, that it was complicated, and would like to see “my take” on the drink. And then, stumbling drunkenly across the interweb the other night, I landed on Spirits and Cocktails, and was surprised to find that Jamie had recently covered it. And that dude knows whats up. And also, I’ve been watching Blood and Sand on Starz. So… it’s like God wants me to drink this. Kinda.
Blood and Sand
.75 oz. Blended Scotch (White Horse)
.75 oz. Orange Juice (fresh squeezed, please)
.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
.5 oz. Cherry Heering
.25 oz. Laphroaig
Shake over ice, serve down.
My first pass on this bad boy was a little rough. I went equal parts, and it was a mishmash of weirdness and awkward feelings. At least between me and my dog. Anyhangles, I cut back on the Heering – and the vermouth, since I’m using Carpano – and upped the whisky just a touch. It was on the fourth pass that I added a dash of “the Frog,” and let me tell you something you sweet-assed damned bastard, this shit is mcmazing. Do yourself a favor, and chill the glass first. It’ gets a lil’ syrupy when it’s warm.