BLOOD & SAND
Pulled straight from the legendary Savoy Cocktail book of 1930, the history of this drink dates even further back to 1922. 8 years before making it to print, the drink earned its name from making its debut at the premier of Fen Niblo & Dorothy Arzner’s bullfighting film, ‘Blood and Sand’.
Naturally, this matador chose red for this one. Johnnie Walker Red Label is perfect for ‘stretching out’ this cocktail. It’s vibrant and playful, and there’s just enough length on the finish, with a crackle of spice and touch of creaminess, to add complexity to a longer version of the drink.
I love the idea of a Blood and Sand being enjoyed as an aperitif by Hollywood's elite, so I wanted to really focus on lifting some of the heavier elements, but retaining the original flavour profile. A dry cava adds a big citrus lift to the bolder notes at play and that little touch of rosemary ties everything together nicely.
Add all ingredients to a wine glass before adding enough ice to fill the glass, no need to stir, the ice has mixed everything together for you, this way you get to keep a lot more effervescence.
(Alcohol content per serve 23.4g)