Blood and Sand at The Manhattan Cocktail Classic MCC

This drink’s name is a tribute to the 1922 silent movie Blood and Sand, which stars Rudolph Valentino as a poor young Spaniard who eventually becomes a great matador.

Blood and Sand

A Glenfacias Scotch cocktail from the 2012 Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Yield: 1 cocktail

Cook Time:10 minutes


1 oz. Cherry Heering

1 oz. Scotch, Glenfarclas 10 year

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth, Dolin Rouge

1 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice

DIRECTIONSFill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all the ingredients and shake well, Strain the drink into a coupe. 

KC bartenders revive the tang of old-time ‘shrubs’ on

Making shrubs

Shrub making is a free-form process, one that’s more about personal preference than strictly adhering to recipes. Most bartenders recommend starting with equal parts fruit, sugar and vinegar, and then adjusting quantities to taste.

Shrubs are best when you begin with fresh, flavor-packed fruit. Pick your favorite and rinse it well. Then remove any pits or seeds and cut fruit into chunks. Strawberries can be sliced; other berries can be mashed with a potato masher. Don’t worry about peeling anything. Oranges, limes or other citrus can be either sliced or cut into chunks without peeling, depending on your method.

Next, decide which sweetener to use. Granulated sugar makes a good standby, and superfine granulated sugar will dissolve even faster. But you can also try brown, raw, Turbinado or other sugars, or even molasses, agave nectar or honey.

Then choose your vinegar. Again, there are plenty of options, including apple cider, white wine, Champagne, red wine, rice, balsamic, white balsamic vinegars.

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Westport Cafe & Bar’s Blood and Glass
Makes 1 drink
1 1/2 ounce Famous Grouse Scotch whisky
1/2 ounce Dolin Rouge sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce Cherry Heering cherry brandy
1/2 ounce Orange Shrub (recipe at left)
Orange twist, for garnish

Add all ingredients except orange twist to mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with orange twist.

Per drink: 168 calories (none from fat), no fat, no cholesterol, 5 grams carbohydrates, no protein, 5 milligrams sodium, no dietary fiber.

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Heering on

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1 1/2 ounces apple brandy (Laird’s Bonded)
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth (Dolin Rouge)
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce Bénédictine
1/2 ounce Cherry Heering
1 1/2 ounces chilled ginger beer (Fentimans)
1 brandied cherry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the ginger beer and cherry and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Stir in the ginger beer and garnish with the brandied cherry.
Source: John Deragon (via Food & Wine)

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