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Is this blog post a recipe, or is it an excuse to post every single image in my “Skyrim Memes” folder on my laptop? Its both! I have a lot of memes. But more importantly, I have a lot of health potions … At least a hundred and fifty at any given time. My love of healing potions is not limited to Skyrim, this bottle wouldn’t look out of place in League of Legends or World of Warcraft too.
This post is inspired by my favourite game, which has fueled endless debates over whether the Stormcloaks or Imperials have more right to rule Skyrim. Spoiler alert: Stormcloaks do. May Talos guide you~
And so I decided to do some good old fashioned alchemy at home, and come up with a health potion myself. Alchemy level around 43. This potion is perfect for LARPing, cosplaying, or getting over a common cold. Seriously, this thing is packed with chillies and ginger, it could wake a Draugr Deathlord! I’m also calling it the “Potion of Minor Healing”, but theres nothing minor at all about it. This is an extreme shot of tequila, chilli, cayenne, ginger, and tomato juice. A classic Skyrim Health Potion Recipe!
The below recipe makes approximately 200ml of Health Potion. My potion bottle pictured (purchased from the Etsy shop Discombobulous) can carry 100ml, so this makes enough for two potions! Not quite the 150 my Skyrim character is used to (her name is Lara Bloodaxe by the way). However, if you’re making this recipe just to enjoy for yourself, its best drunk short and neat, or diluted in a highball glass with plenty of ice. Don’t lollygag about with this one though, it tingles on the lips and goes down like fire!
You can make your 400mls of tinned tomatoes work further for you by blending the ingredients in a blender to chop down the lumpy tomatoes before straining it. This works just as well, but the consistency of the drink becomes a lot thicker, akin to soup.
As you can see the recipe also contains tequila. Originally I imagined this like a super spicy ginger “Bloody Mary”, but when mixed together the vodka just wasn’t exciting enough. Its true, the Bloody Mary is an ideal morning-after drink, filled with vitamins and minerals to kick the hangover. Which is great! Hair of the dog and all that – but we can do so much better than vodka. So I looked for a few swaps on something that would turn this from a mediocre classic cocktail into a punchy health potion, and tequila just fit beautifully. The chillies and ginger compliment the mineral-y, herbally tequila. Plus it really does make you want to run head-first into battle with a dragon.
Potion of Minor Healing
- 400 g Tinned Tomatoes
- 25 ml Ginger Shot
- 1/2 Whole Bird Eye Chilli Chopped
- Pinch Salt
- Pinch Pepper
- 35 ml Tequila
Finely chop half a Bird Eye Chilli, and muddle at the bottom of a bowl.
Top with 400g of tinned tomatoes, and around 25ml of ginger juice. Add salt, pepper, and a single shot of strong tequila.
Mix all ingredients thoroughly, then strain into a pouring jug removing all of the large chunks of tomato. You can go ahead and chuck those in the bin, we don't need them.
Pour your health potion elixir into a potion bottle, and take into battle. (or serve in a tall glass with some ice).