Valentino made movies from 1914 through 1926, including the film Blood & Sand. And, of course, the “Blood & Sand” cocktail was named for Valentino’s 1922 bullfighting film.
The recipe is first known to have appeared in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book.
And that’s really all that’s known about the drink! Gary Regan wrote about the Blood & Sand online here for Liquor.com. And that’s where I took the following recipe from:
Shake and strain all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
So much of what’s fun about researching old drinks like this is how they have changed throughout the years.
Imbibe Magazine cites Bill Boothby’s World Drinks and How to Mix ’Em from 1934, which drips the sweet vermouth:
— Check out Difford’s Guide for the classic recipe, the drink’s history and also a number of variants on the basic Blood & Sand.
—This Saveur recipe bumps up the scotch.