As the seasonal chill creeps in, it’s time to trade the crisp, light drinks of summer for the warming brown liquors of winter. While whiskey, bourbon, and rye are increasingly common ingredients in cocktails these days, it’s still rare to find a San Diego bar that serves Scotch mixed with anything other than soda or ice. But Jsix bar manager Doug Cox isn’t afraid of Scotland’s signature smoky, peaty spirit. To prove it, he’s revived this classic sipper, which dates back almost a century and takes its name from a 1920s Rudolph Valentino film, as well as from the blood-orange juice that gives it its stunning hue.

Made by gently stirring the juice with an ounce of blended Scotch and equal parts Heering cherry liqueur and Carpano (a nuttier spin on sweet vermouth), the Blood & Sand is served in a martini glass and garnished elegantly with a wheel of citrus. Cozy and sweet-tart, it’s a great entrée into the world of Scotch (no kilt required).  

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