Friday, February 23, 2018

JD Allen & The Sand and Souls

JD Allen joins us today to match the perfect drink to her new novel from Midnight Ink, the Sand and Souls. JD is a member of the national board of the world's largest mystery fiction convention, Bouchercon, and a member of the Triangle Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She holds a degree in forensic anthropology and has written a fabulous book. 
Tony bartends in a tiny off-the-strip bar called The Twisted Joint. He made this drink for Jim Bean after a nasty run in with a female serial killer. The cocktail was his take on the 1920's scotch drink inspired by the movie Blood and Sand. The original film was produced in 1922 (starring Rudolph Valentino) and was remade in 1941 (starring Tyrone Powers) and again in 1989 (with Sharon Stone).

Tony gave it a slightly different title for the PI. Sand and Souls is a modern take on the classic. He reduced the juice and fruit to make it a stronger, deadlier version.

The Sand and Souls:

-1 ounce blended Scotch (Famous Grouse is Bean's favorite brand.)
-3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
-3/4 ounce Cherry Heering (no, not "herring," and yes, the brand matters)
-A good squeeze of a fresh blood orange.

Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, and shake well for 10 seconds; strain into a chilled rocks glass. Bean don't need no stinking garnish. If you must, a slice of the blood orange would do.


  1. Love this combo! Thanks for a great story and a great drink.

  2. What a great drink. I could use one now.

  3. Thanks Deborah!
    It's a great drink. I warn you, not too many!
    And yes. I found out the hard way but some had to do the hard work of testing it out!

  4. I won't wait for a run in with a serial killer to try this drink J.D. Can't wait to read the book!