Witchers: mutants, outcasts, monster hunters. The magical elixirs they drink to drive back the terrors of the night are so powerful they would kill a normal person. Only their mutated biology gives them the metabolism required to withstand the toxins produced within the magical potions.

But, with a few tweaks to the recipes, even the average person can enjoy the benefits of these elixirs without horribly dying.

Steel yourself against the coming night with these Witcher-inspired cocktails – but remember to drink responsibly!

p.s. we’ve also made this into a handy infographic!

Swallow

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Swallow accelerates healing in the mutated Witcher body. In yours, it will get you back on your feet after a heavy night out.

  • 1 part vodka
  • 2 parts tomato juice
  • dash Worcester sauce
  • dash Tabasco sauce
  • pinch sugar

Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Stir to combine. Strain neat into your potion vessel.

Considering the well-known hangover-curing capabilities of a Bloody Mary, I thought it an appropriate replication of the healing potions of the Witchers. I added a little sugar to make it a bit more palatable to throw back in one go.

In-game, you’d need to gather up and, presumably, liquefy a few drowner brains, but a good thick tomato juice is a decent replacement.

Blizzard

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This potion accelerates the already-fast reactions of a Witcher to superhuman levels. For us, it’s more of a citrus wake-up call.

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part blue curacao
  • dash lemon juice

Place all ingredients into a cooled shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour carefully into your chilled vessel. The intent is to get this as cold as possible, and keep it that way for as long as possible.

If you don’t have blue Curacao, you can substitute triple sec and use blue food dye. It’s not quite the same, but Curacao can be a bugger to find sometimes.

In-game, this is strangely made with a magical obsidian heart. Literally a rock that is crushed up, mixed into alcohol, and drank. That would be unpleasant enough, but if you also consider how obsidian is ultra-sharp, it goes from nasty to deadly. Clearly, the Witcher regenerative capabilities are pretty damn impressive.

If you want to replicate the look of the obsidian heart, you’d want to mix in some shimmer liquid or, alternatively, some edible silver leaf if you’re feeling extra fancy.

White Honey

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If you feel like there is too much toxicity in your day, White Honey will put a little bit of sweetness back in your life.

  • 3 parts whisky
  • tsp/tbsp honey
  • dash lemon juice
  • cinnamon stick

Combine the whisky and honey and warm slowly, using either a microwave (20 seconds) or in a saucepan (if you are making a lot). Once just above blood temperature and honey is dissolved, take off the heat and stir with the cinnamon stick and add dash of lemon juice. Strain into potion vessel and drink while still warm.

In-game, White Honey removes toxicity from a Witcher’s body and can also strip the effects of other potions. Real life White Honey does something similar; it’s hard to feel crap when you’re sipping on this warm, sweet and tasty beverage – but it’s also probably not going to make you want to drink more booze; it’s very rich.

End your night of combat against the monsters with this, rather than start it.

Tawny Owl

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Fighting monsters is hard work. Tawny Owl helps keep you awake with a caffeine and sugar hit.

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 park blue Curacao
  • 1 part grenadine
  • Red Bull

Combine vodka, Curacao and grenadine in a clear vessel. Adjust grenadine and blue Curacao levels until you get a purple hue. Pour into shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Either pour into potion vessel and top up with Red Bull or add Red Bull to taste and pour into potion vessel.

In-game, players are faced with the decision of using their stamina/endurance to block incoming strikes, use special physical attacks or cast Signs. Tawny Owl lets you do it all by boosting your stamina regeneration.

In real life, Red Bull and a kick of sugar gives you the same advantage; though it won’t give you the ability to use Signs, I’m afraid. Try to use a vial or a champagne flute for this; you want the purple to shine through, and the best way to achieve that is with a thin vessel.

Cat

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The most iconic potion of them all, Cat lets Witchers chase monsters down into their lairs with perfect darkvision. We can’t promise it’ll do that for you, but the tropical flavours will certainly put you in a brighter frame of mind.

  • 1 part rum
  • 1 part Midori
  • dash lemon juice
  • lemonade

Combine rum and Midori in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Add dash lemon juice. Either top up with lemonade to taste and add to potion vessel or add to potion vessel and top up with lemonade.

Midori and rum are a great combo, and with Cat you have a choice between using a darker rum for something a bit more interesting flavour-wise, or going in the opposite direction and using a white or coconut rum (such as Bacardi) for something lighter and more tropical.

In-game, this is made with berbercane fruit, which appears to be either cherries or plums. But in order to get the bright green of the potion, we had to substitute with Midori. Try using clear cherry juice instead of the lemonade, if you can find it, or cherry brandy in place of the rum.

White Raffard’s Decoction

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Feeling a little run down? Need some more vitality? Then mix up White Raffard’s Decoction – it’ll set you right.

  • 1 part vodka
  • 0.5 parts coffee liqueur
  • Cola

Combine vodka and coffee liqueur in shaker with ice. Stir to combine, then top up with cola. Strain into potion vessel.

White Raffard’s Decoction is, ironically, actually very dark. Perfect for a Witcher’s take on a Black Russian. I must admit, this is my favourite of the bunch, simply because I love coffee liqueur so much.

A Witcher with low vitality very quickly becomes a dead Witcher, so this potion is perfect for picking you up when you’re feeling low – or preparing you for a big fight ahead. Be careful with the cola though, as the carbonation can make the cork pop off if you keep it sealed for too long.

What Witcher potions would you want to make? Let us know in the comments below!

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