3⁄4 oz Scotch
3⁄4 oz Sweet vermouth
3⁄4 oz Orange juice

Shake, strain, up.


There are a lot of variations here, most of which try to reduce the orange juice or at least mask its flavor. Really, I think gelatin clarification of orange juice might be a good way to start.


Named for the 1922 Rudolph Valentino movie.

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Posted by Dan on 6/06/2010
Created by
The Savoy Hotel
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authentic recipe

The Savoy Cocktail Book, pg. 30

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  • Yum yum — ★★★★★
  • I made mine with with a slightly different balance. 1oz Scotch 1oz OJ 3/4 Vermouth 3/4 Cherry
  • Punt e Mes slightly better. Worth exploring other options, like Amaro.
  • It might be a classic but I think this one is just not that good. Orange juice is difficult to use well. I should try to the PDT version.
  • Zutaten 3/2/2/2, keine Bitters Glenfiddich 12 für die fruchtige, Talisker 10 oder Lagavulin 16 für die rauchige Variante
  • Prefer PDT recipe: * 1.5 oz Famous Grouse blended Scotch whisky * 0.75 oz orange juice * 0.5 oz Cherry Heering * 0.5 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
  • 9/18/13
  • Forewent the bitters and used equal proportions, which worked well for me. Used Carpano Antica and the vanilla flavors were very welcome. — ★★★★★
  • I like the Blood and Sand better in this style, subbing the scotch out in favor of smoky mezcal. The tequila seems to play with the orange better.
  • Try subbing Balcones Brimstone for the scotch - seriously delicious.
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Just so we retain them for posterity, there's a variant of this drink that is titled "Authentic Blood and Sand", which is confusing - it's not authentic at all. This recipe is 1 oz Scorpion silver Mezcal, 1 ounce orange juice, 3/4 Cherry Heering, and 3/4 Noilly Prat Rouge, shaken for 20 seconds, strained into a cocktail glass, and garnished with a Maraschino cherry.  Thanks,  Zachary