Steve McDonagh – Blood and Sand

On May 2, 2013 by Paul


I was intimidated going in to see Steve at Hearty. I knew that he and his partner, Dan Smith, were Food Network stars and for me to bring in my rinky-dink camera and set up I just felt like he would have me tagged as a no-talent hack within seconds of me coming in. If he felt it, he never let it on. Steve is a teacher and is very passionate about what he is talking about and it made the shoot very relaxed.

When we consider making the cocktails that we see in our favorite cocktail bars, there are times when the hard-to-find ingredients, futuristic techniques and garnishes used are too intimidating or impossible to replicate at home. Most of the time, when we want to make drinks at home, we just want to make cocktails that are simple and tasty. Steve McDonagh, with his partner Dan Smith from Hearty Restaurant, has recently published a book, The New Old Bar, which tackles this overwhelming world with ease and aplomb.
McDonagh, as you will see in the video, is a great teacher. That should come as no surprise to fans of the Hearty Boys series on the Food Network or to readers of their first cookbook, Talk with your Mouth Full. Steve’s goal, when creating The New Old Bar, was to list cocktails that were completely accessible to even the most novice cocktail maker. He also made sure that they were made with readily available ingredients and easy drink construction.

After no time at all, you may find yourself becoming the confident mixologist—at least in the comfort of your own home—you always wanted to be.

Blood and Sand
2oz. Scotch Whiskey
1oz. Blood Orange Juice
1oz. Lillet Rouge
1oz. Maraschino Liqueur

Add ingredients to shaker tin and add ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry flag.

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