Sands of Arrakis Dune Cocktail

In the world of Dune, the classic five-book science fiction epic , mélange or “the spice” is the most important commodity in the universe. Whether or not you’re a self-proclaimed “sci-fi geek” like mixologist Winston Greene of Tonic Santa Fe, one sip of this drink, an homage to Frank Herbert’s intricately imagined otherworld, and you’ll agree. His Sands of Arrakis Dune Cocktail is a cleverly crafted potion of whiskey, blood orange coulis, fino sherry, and bay leaf bitters. Like the planet Arrakis itself, the cocktail glass is dusted generously with blended Spice Melange. It’s literally out of this world.

Perhaps you’ll settle in with one or two of these to watch the premiere of Dune 2, starring Timothy Chalamet, Zendaya, Dave Bautista, Florence Pugh, Javier Bardem, and more.

Sands of Arrakis Dune Cocktail Recipe


2 oz welch whiskey (we use Penderyn Legend)
1/2 oz blood orange coolie
.25 oz reduced apple
.5 oz fino sherry
2 dashes bay leaf bitters
Spice Melange for dusting

For the Spice Melange:

Cardamom seed
Vanilla bean


  1. Stir together all ingredients.
  2. Dust the glass in Spice Melange.
  3. Strain cocktail into glass and top with an apple chip.

Looking for more movie inspired cocktails? Check out our Killers of the Flower Moon Cocktail.

Story by Julia Platt Leonard / Recipe by Winston Greene of Tonic Santa Fe / Photography by Daniel Quat

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