Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Potions of Many Types
by SuSu, MaceVindaloo

A poison is something that will damage the body and/or mind of the person who imbibes in it; it need not kill, but it will often create a condition in which the victim can be killed easily.

For example, in the operas "Siegfried" and "Gotterdamerung," the naive hero Siegfried is given prepared drinks three times — once to put him into a sleep so that his foster father Mime could kill him; once by the princess Gertrune to make him forget that he was married, so that she could win him for herself; and finally by Hagen the half-spawn of the royal mother, so he could confess to betraying his real wife, Brunnhilde, and thus his murder would be justified.

In "Elisir d'Amore," a snake-oil salesman peddles potions that will remove wrinkles from old widows, give men virility, and cause the opposite sex to fall head over heels in love with you. "Rusalka" is given a brew that makes her human and removes her voice.

You get the idea — humans have longed for a magical potion to do their bidding, whether good or bad; foolish or wish.

Whatever the use, these potions are tasty and refreshing, and do require some work and/or time to make. The object of one's desire should be the one making these drinks, don't you think? But these libations are generally harmless, but always imbibe with care!

Plum Sauce & Fizz
One could be excused for mistaking this concoction as a deliberate poison, mixed with spices and whole fruits, including their pits. And the resulting drink is made with the dregs of the potion. It's scary looking stuff, but the drink is interesting and novel. If you like bite and fire of peppercorns, this is a stimulating and refreshing brew.

The plum sauce is quite good used as a condiment, like ketchup — that other vinegar based condiment. But this drink is made from the "lees" or th left-behind dregs that aren't bottled for use as a sauce. When these leftovers are mixed with a cola, it's a surprisingly refreshing mocktail, for those who prefer no alcohol in their mixed drinks. The whole peppercorns and allspice berries provide a surprising bite as you sip.
    Plum Sauce
  • 6 lbs plums, washed, skins poked
  • 1 tblsp ground cloves
  • 2 tblsp ground ginger
  • 2 tblsp chipotle powder or other spicy chili powder
  • 2 tsp allspice berries
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 5 cups brown sugar (may need to adjust, based on plum's tartness)
  • 2 tblsp salt
  • 6 cups / 1½ quarts / 1½ liters
Put all ingredients in a large heavy-bottom pot and heat till boiling, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook the plums till they are soft and the pits separate easily from the flesh, about 20 minutes. Push the mixture through a food mill or a sieve, pressing to get the juices and pulp into the sauce. Save the pits and seeds and set aside.

Return the liquid to the pot and continue to cook till the mixture is thickened. Place into clean, sterilized jars or bottles and keep refrigerated; wait 1 or 2 weeks before using the plum sauce.

    Plum Sauce Fizz
  • Residues from making plum sauce
  • 2 quarts / 2 liters cola
  • Simple syrup or artificial sweetener
In a large pitcher (about 1 gallon capacity), mix together the plum sauce residues with the cola. If desired, sweeten with simple eyrup or artificial sweetener, to taste. Serve over ice, swirling to get a few plum pits, peppercorns, and allspice berried in each glass. Yields 8 to 10 1-cup servings.

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Fruity Herbal Smash
This is a more instant potion than the last one, and what it lacks in deep piquancy and strange potency, it makes up for in freshness.
  • 4 lemons, or limes, or a combination of both
  • 1 cup blueberries or other very ripe fruit
  • ½ cup mint leaves or lemon verbena leaves
  • 1½ cups vodka or seltzer water
  • ½ to 1 cup fruit cordial, such as black current or elderflower
In a pitcher or bowl with a strong base, squash the emons and/or limes, the fruit, and herb leaves, mashing them well. Add ice, vodka or soda, and fruit cordial. Adjust teh amount of cordial, to taste. Stir well, and serve; yields 8 servings.

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Coffee Elixir
In the opera Elixir d'Amore, the magical elixir which does everything — even making the poor into rich men — is said to be "more stimulating than coffee." Here's how to make such a brew.
  • 1 lb / 450 g finely ground coffee
  • 14 cups cold water
In a large pot or container with a cover, mix 2 cups of water with all the coffee, stirring to dampen it evenly. Pour the remaining cold water over the grounds without further stirring. Cover the pot or container and leave at room temperature 12 to 24 hours

Carefully strain the liquid through a fine sieve or cheesecloth into a clean sterilized jar with a tightly fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator.

To serve, mix together a part coffee elixer, 1 part milk, and up to 3 parts cold water. Stir; yields upwards of 40 servings.

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