Cocktail Cabinet No.26: Blood and sand

Evocative but not explicit, and happily delicious

1st November, 2015

This cocktail is a classic from the original 1930s Savoy Cocktail Book. At the time, its name referred to the film star Rudolph Valentino and his epic bullfighting silent film.

However, its beige-white foam over a reddish base is actually quite ghoulish when you think about it, giving the cocktail a gothic horror tinge. Evocative but not explicit, and happily delicious.

We use sweet red vermouth here, such as Cinzano or Martini & Rossi. It...

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