First appearing in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930 by Harry Craddock, the Blood and Sand cocktail has a bit of a mysterious past. It is supposedly named after the famous 1922 bullfighter silent film of the same name from the early Hollywood era. Due to the unique ingredients, all of equal parts, this cocktail provides a diverse yet nuanced flavor. Similar to the dance of a bullfighter in the ring, this cocktail will surprise and delight with its sweet, yet bitter, flavors.
The first spirit flowed from the stills at the Glenrothes distillery in 1879, in the Speyside region of Scotland. The flavor, structure and body of The Glenrothes whisky created a “top dressing” of choice for master blenders across Scotland to use in some of the finest blends such as Cutty Shark and the Famous Grouse. In the early 1990's, The Glenrothes took the bold step of bringing to life the pioneering Vintage Single Malt, whisky distilled in a particular year that reaches its peak of maturity, flavor and character. At which point, single vintages are bottled on their own or married together in perfect harmony to create one of the exquisite Reserves.
First created in the Prohibition era, the Last Word's simple recipe of equal parts Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Green Chartreuse, Junipero Gin and fresh lime juice belies the subtlety of this sweet-tart-herbal creation. Two men are credited with this cocktail's fame - its creator, vaudevillian Fred Fogarty, who allegedly first combined the four ingredients at the Detroit Athletic Club in 1921, and Seattle bartender Murray Stetson, who revived the Last Word at the Zig Zag Café in the early 2000s.
Balance is key in every relationship, and just as important in a good cocktail. The smooth rich flavors of a summery red sangria balance out the tang of a whiskey sour in this ‘Better Together’ combination. The perfect harmony of flavor in this cocktail is a match made in mixology heaven.
Sick of blood oranges yet? Me neither! The slight bitterness you get from simmering down the peel/pith plays really nicely with smokey scotch. And I'm already anticipating (read: DREADING) the blood-orange-less days soon to come. I'm ready to say goodbye to winter, but not winter citrus!