Blood and Sand
* 3/4 ounce Scotch
* 3/4 ounce Cherry Heering
* 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
* 3/4 ounce fresh orange juice
* Flamed orange zest for garnish
Combine all the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until cold and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Flame the orange zest over the top of the glass.
Alternately, build the cocktail in an ice-filled collins glass and top with another splash of orange juice before adding the garnish.
This drink is a little sweet, but definitely not too sweet, and a little fruity from the vermouth and orange juice. I mainly tasted the vermouth while Sarai says tastes the Scotch. Be careful with the orange juice, as it’s easy to overpower the rest of your ingredients with it.
Recipe from The Art of the Bar.
The Wall Street Journal as posted an article about this drink and its history, calling it Strange, but Delicious. The cocktail takes its name from the 1922 Rudolph Valentino film of the same name. The article goes on to offer some good suggestions regarding ingredients for people making these at home.