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Blood and Sand

September 11/12, 2010 (part of Cocktail Chronicle)

I have to retract what I posted the other day: THIS is my favorite scotch cocktail.

William nailed it on the head. The problem with Scottish Margarita is, it uses too much scotch. Anyone’s preferred way of savoring 2 oz of single malt from Islay shouldn’t be with Grand Marnier and juice.

Blood and Sand, uses just 0.75 oz scotch therefore I am willing to put in the good stuff. I don’t stock cherry heering so Luxardo’s maraschino is the replacement, an arguably better choice anyway. The smoky Laphroaig, the distinct cherry pit of maraschino and the tang from the citrus, they all come through. It is not like scotch at all, just a really good and interesting drink.

Having said that, I should mention that I found the original recipe undrinkable. Too sweet, for me. As always, the published recipe is after modification. It fits my preference which is, not too sweet, strong, and able to taste everything.

Based on Blood and Sand from in the Land of Cocktails (Makes 1):

  • ¾ oz Laphroaig 10 yr
  • ½ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • ½ oz Martini & Rossi rosso vermouth
  • 0.3 oz lime juice
  • 0.3 oz lemon juice
  • 0.15 oz orange juice


  1. Combine all ingredients and ice in a shaker. Shake and serve.

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