Whiskey Cocktails: The Blood and Sand Cocktail on mymansbelly.com

At some point in your life, you’ve no doubt tasted Scotch Whiskey (aka Scotch).  My guess is that the first time you tasted it, was not unlike the first time you had sex.  You were able to now say that you “did it,” but it wasn’t necessarily something you enjoyed and were left trying to figure out what people see in the act that makes them talk about it so highly.

After you do drink it again, you begin to experience some of the nuances and get your bearings about you.  As you grow older, and more experienced, you have your favoritepositions preparations to more thoroughly enjoy your sex whiskey – neat or on ice.  But did you ever consider that scotch also makes for some pretty terrific whiskey cocktails?  I’m not talking about doing this with your 18 Year Macallan…that would be treasonous.

Believe it or not, whiskey drink recipes are totally drinkable during the summer months.  Okay, maybe not all of them…but there are quite a few that don’t have those heavy fall and winter overtones of spice and the ability to offer you warmth from the inside.  Take the blood and sand cocktail.  I mean, it’s got “sand” in the name…how could it not be appropriate summertime drinking.  Yeah, it’s got “blood” in the name too, but rest assured it wasn’t named for some booze induced bloody beach brawl that happened on Venice Beach.  Nope, the blood and sand cocktail gets its name from the 1920′s movie “Blood and Sand,” starring Rudolph Valentino.

As far as whiskey cocktails go, the traditional recipe for this is surprisingly sweet.  It’s also one of those easy to remember cocktail recipes because it’s an equal parts recipe.  That means that all of the ingredients, contained in the drink, are used in the exact same proportions to one another – so even if you’re dripping drunk, you can’t screw up this recipe (not that I condone that type of behavior).

Even though this cocktail tends to be on the sweeter side, you can always change it up a bit.  Whiskey drink recipes, I’ve found, are the perfect drink recipes to play with a bit.  If you want things to be less fruity, just bump up the proportion of the whiskey (while leaving the other ingredients alone).  Something else that’s pretty cool about the blood and sand cocktail is that you could also make this with other types of whiskey.  Since I didn’t feel like using Scotch, I used Wild Turkey rye whiskey instead.

So don’t be afraid to mix up your summertime drink repertoire (get out of your rut) and break out the whiskey for some whiskey drink recipes that are sure to surprise your friends with their refreshing flavors.

Recipe: Blood and Sand Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Ounce Scotch Whisky
  • 3/4 Ounce Cherry Heering
  • 3/4 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 3/4 Ounce Orange Juice (preferably fresh squeezed)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel and maybe some good maraschino cherries.

Quick notes

You can double up the measurement of the whiskey if you want a less sweet drink. If you can’t find Cherry Heering, you can substitute cherry brandy. DO NOT USE KIRSCH.

Variations

I used rye whiskey, instead of scotch whiskey in mine.

Preparation time:5 Minutes

Original Singapore Sling on Imbibe magazine

The Singapore Sling was created at Raffles Hotel (in, naturally, Singapore) at the turn of the 20th century by a bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon. Visit the hotel today, and you see the safe in which Ngiam locked away his recipe books, as well as the Sling recipe hastily jotted down on a bar chit in 1936 by a hotel visitor who had asked a waiter for it.

1 oz. London dry gin
1 oz. Bols Cherry brandy or Cherry Heering
1 oz. Bénédictine
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. soda water
1 dash Angostura bitters
Tools: barspoon
Glass: Collins

Combine all ingredients except soda water and bitters in an ice-filled glass. Top with soda water, stir briefly and dash with Angostura bitters. Note: The original Singapore Sling appears to have been ungarnished. By the mid-1920s, they were adding the peel of a lime, cut in a thick spiral. By the late ’30s, they were also omitting the Bénédictine and bitters and floating Sloe Gin on top.

Cherry Heering Brings Vintage Bottle to New Orleans

One of the last known remaining vintage bottles of Cherry Heering liqueur from 1890 was donated at the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail from Adele Robberstad, CEO of the Xante Company and Peter F. Heering, to bar icon Dale DeGroff, President of The Museum of The American Cocktail for permanent display. Now Cherry Heering can lay claim to truly being one of the all-time classic and quality tasting brands, as it has finally returned to where it was awarded its most prestigious medal—the gold medal at The World Fair 1884 in New Orleans as the best liqueur.

“This is truly a big day for the Heering Family, it is more than handing over a bottle, it is closing a circle, it is coming back to New Orleans,” said Robberstad. “The Museum of the American Cocktail is a place of honor and a perfect home for the rarest vintage of Cherry Heering.”

The first vintage bottle opening of 1890 in over a hundred plus years of Cherry Heering liqueur took place at The Campbell Apartment in New York City in 2010, where several members of the cocktail community took place in the tasting. Previous vintage bottles of Cherry Heering were auctioned off through Sotheby in New York with proceeds benefitting DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

“The Museum of the American Cocktail celebrates Peter F. Heering and Cherry Heering, quite simply, the irreplaceable cocktail ingredient,” said Dale DeGroff, President of the Museum of the American Cocktail.

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This Just In – Vintage 1890 Cherry Heering Bottle Returned to New Orleans #totc

CHERRY HEERING® CLOSES THE CIRCLE BRINGING BACK THE VINTAGE 1890 CHERRY HEERING BOTTLE TO NEW ORLEANS

Vintage 1890 Cherry Heering Bottle Donated to The Museum of the American Cocktail at Tales of the Cocktail 2011

July — 2011 (New Orleans, LA) CHERRY HEERING® liqueur , one of the first global brands, has always been fashionable and now is the ultimate vintage cherry brandy of choice at arguably the home of the American cocktail in America’s beloved city by the bayou, New Orleans, LA. One of the last known remaining vintage bottles of CHERRY HEERING® liqueur from 1890 was donated at the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail from Adele Robberstad, CEO of the Xanté Company & Peter F. Heering to bar icon Dale DeGroff, President of The Museum of The American Cocktail for permanent display (www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org) .CHERRY HEERING® liqueur, the original cherry brandy, can lay claim to truly being one of the all-time classic and quality tasting brands – and has now come home to where the brand was awarded its most prestigious medal, taking the gold medal at The World Fair 1884 in New Orleans as the best liqueur.

CHERRY HEERING® liqueur, purveyor to H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, has been produced since 1818 and is the original Cherry Brandy. The Heering success comes from a willingness to be a fashion accessory that adds lavishness, extravagance and civilization to the mix.

”This is truly a big day for the Heering Family, it is more than handing over a bottle, it is closing a circle, it is coming Back to New Orleans ”, said, Adele Robberstad, CEO of the Xanté Company & Peter F Heering. The Museum of the American Cocktail is a place of honor and a perfect home for the rarest vintage of Cherry Heering.”

Coming Full Circle

The historic journey began with Peter F. Heering as early as 1820 as he tried to register the Cherry Brandy as a trademark. CHERRY HEERING® liqueur was shipped from Copenhagen to New York City with the first shipment arriving in 1837.

The vintage bottle featured historic seals noting CHERRY HEERING® liqueur as the Puveyour to the Russian Tsar n the late 1800’s, Prince of Wales and Danish Royal family. A lineage few brands can attest.

The vintage CHERRY HEERING® liqueur bottle has been the focal point for raising money to support up and coming designers and mixologists throughout the world, starting at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore at the Heering World Championship in June 2009. The bottle was featured in the Raffles Hotel museum, where the Singapore Sling was created in 1915 featuring CHERRY HEERING® liqueur as the main ingredient

The first vintage bottle opening of 1890 in over a hundred plus years of CHERRY HEERING® liqueur was opened and tasted at the famed New York haunt, The Campbell Apartment in 2010, by Jörgen Tilander, owner of the CHERRY HEERING® liqueur brand along with Xanté, one of the top selling liqueurs in Scandinavia now available in the US; along with Jackson Cannon, famed Boston bar man from Eastern Standard where his cocktails, passion and knowledge are truly second to none in New England and beyond; Akiko Katayama, an established international writer and former Iron Chef judge and Tony Abu Ganim, The Modern Mixologist and MC/Host of the CHERRY HEERING® liqueur vintage event.

Previous vintage CHERRY HEERING® liqueur bottles were auctioned off through Sotherby in New York City with proceeds benefitting DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

WGNO-ABC New Orleans whit Jackson Cannon

CHERRY HEERING CIRCA 1890 on CITYSIP.COM

As part of the kick-off festivities for this year’s Ninth Annual Tales of the Cocktail, Cherry Heering presented ‘King of the Cocktail’ and founder of New Orlean’s-based Museum of American Cocktail, Dale DeGroff a vintage bottle of Cherry Heering liqueur from the year, 1890. The Xante Company/Peter F. Heering CEO, Adele Robberstadpresented the legendary industry fixture with the once in a lifetime donation to be on permanent display at the famed Museum of American Cocktail (MOAC).

A spirited hub that was started to advance the profession and increase consumer knowledge of mixology, the museums mission is to provide educational resources for professionals and the public in the fine art of crafting the cocktail. Leading visitors through the fascinating two-hundred year history of the American cocktail, MOAC was a no-brainer choice not to mention perfect platform to showcase the Cherry Heering circa 1890.

Now alongside a mind-boggling collection of rare spirits, Prohibition-era literature and music, vintage cocktail shakers, glassware, tools and gadgets is a bottle of vintage Cherry Heering. Check out this video of Degroff being presented the generous donation by Robberstad:

Heering Dedication-Tales 2011_AppleTV.m4v

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