Based on a Roaring 20’s cocktail called “Blood and Sand,” our version is dryer than the original to match our sense of humor. And, because it’s made with Blood Oranges, you can usually only get the ingredients during the winter months. But it’s well worth the wait. Just like the ending of our favorite book series.
Take equal parts of the following:
- Fresh squeezed blood orange juice
Note that actually squeezing the blood oranges yourself results in a far better drink than buying pre-bottled juice at the grocery store.
- Dry vermouth
- Herring’s Cherry Liquor
- Johnny Walker Black
Mix in a shaker with cubed ice, zest the orange peel, and add to glass.
- To “zest” an orange peel means to cut off tiny pieces of the peel to add flavor to your drink. You can use a fine grater to do this, but “zesting” tools are widely available at kitchen gadget stores and inexpensive. This is often done with lemons and limes as well, when making drink or desert recipes.
Delectable! Sit back, sip, and pretend you’re back at JordanCon!
If you want to get real fancy (and Chip encourages you to try this at least once), you can heat up another large piece of orange peel with a lighter to extract the essential oils. You'll see the oil seep out, but don't char the peel. Just heat it enough for the orange oils to bubble out of the peel. Here's a YouTube video that shows how to do this perfectly:
Swipe the rim of the glass with the peel - depositing the extra oils along the rim - and add the peel to your drink.
Keep your eyes “peeled” for additional drink recipes over the next few weeks.