Cocktail Friday – The Duke’s Spellbound Smash

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Ms Fleur De Lys

Images via The Duke of Wellington

The Duke’s Spellbound Smash

From its passionate red hue to its sweet flavour, from the garnish which commemorates this rare “thyme” in your lives to the warm, fuzzy feeling bourbon gives us, The Duke’s ‘Spellbound Smash’ cocktail encapsulates the occasion of the proposal in a glass.

Hopefully the object of your affection will feel just as spellbound by you as you are by them and say an immediate “yes!” Then, you’ll have the very best reason to toast to your intertwined futures with a couple of rounds of these cocktails.

The Duke have kindly shared their recipe below. Who knows? Perhaps their airy, new Melbourne rooftop is just the place to host up to 200 of your nearest and dearest at the fabulous engagement party that you’ll – fingers crossed – soon be planning together.


60ml bourbon

15ml sugar syrup

2 dash orange bitters

2 dash bitters

5 blackberries

½ lemon

1 sprig thyme


  1. Muddle the blackberries and lemon in a shaker then
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients above.
  3. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.


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