Courtesy Josh Baker, head bartender, Underdog, New York City This is a cheeky version of the Blood and Sand, a classic cocktail typically made with equal parts Scotch whisky, orange juice, sweet vermouth andCherry Heerin
g (a cherry-flavored liqueur from Denmark). The original is often criticized for its lack of balance and murky appearance.
Super simple highball version
In an ice-filled highball glass, combine whisky and blood orange soda, plus a dash of Angostura bitters if you have them on hand. Done.
“It’s the worst of the classic cocktails,” scoffs Underdog Head Bartender Josh Baker. Baker’s version recalibrates the original’s proportions and lengthens the drink with Italian blood-orange soda. The result is a fizzy, brightly hued punch reminiscent of a tiki drink, but with Scotch at its core.