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..
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.
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.
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.
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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