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The Updated Whiskey Sour: Blood and Sand

All it takes is lemon juice — but just a dash

Jonathan Lind is a NYC-based bartender, founding Bar Director at Crown Shy, and has worked at celebrated establishments like Eleven Madison Park.

June 13, 2023 2:18 pm

Perhaps you’ve never heard of this 4-part cocktail. And for good reason: The whisky is well and good, but stacked against the cloying throuple of sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering and orange juice, it loses its appeal, and the resulting mix is, to put it politely, uninspiring. 

Back in 2017 I found myself working in a bar with a Blood and Sand on the menu. I never recommended it and I rarely took an order for one. But that doesn’t mean I ignored it! In an attempt to liven up my slower moments, I began to tinker. First with the proportions. Surely if I adjusted the vermouth…? Nope. A different whisky? Nu-uh. Well, Dad didn’t raise no quitter, so I rolled up the sleeves of my white barman’s coat — achieving a very badass Miami Vice vibe, if I do say so — and threw a Hail Mary. Lemon juice. Just a dash. TOUCHDOWN! It was the Whiskey Sour I always wanted: complex, rich, f**king delicious. As my father always says, “When life gives you lemons, add the juice to a previously unbalanced cocktail to showcase the ingredients better!” Or something like that.

The Updated Whiskey Sour: Blood and Sand

Servings: 1


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    1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Not literally, but do shake with vigor! 

    2. Pro Tip: I cannot stress enough the importance of freshly squeezed juice. Like, juice it yourself fresh. There is simply no bottled product that compares.

    3. Strain into a coupe, garnish with an orange twist, and enjoy!

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