The Furious is one of many “homeopathic” performance enhancers available to the player in Far Cry 5. Unlike real-life homeopathic remedies, these drugs-by-any-other-name pack a serious punch—and can get you out of a serious pinch if applied correctly.
- 1 oz gin (preferably a herbal one)
- 1 oz Amaretto
- 1/2 oz peach liqueur
- 1/4 oz lime juice
- 3 dash oranges bitters
- cranberry juice
- Add all ingredients except cranberry juice to a shaker filled with ice
- Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds to chill
- Strain into vessel (a flask is great, a martini glass is serviceable)
- Top with cranberry juice, or to taste.
- Garnish with a lemon twist
What you get with this recipe is a drink that starts sweet and fruity, develops into nutty and bitter and finishes off citrus-y and slightly herbaceous. Unfortunately, it doesn’t increase your melee damage like it does in game (unless you have quite a few of them…), but damn if it doesn’t taste good anyway!
Why these ingredients?
In-game, the ‘homeopathic remedies’ are made from Bliss Oil, which appears to be distilled from datura stramonium, if images in-game are anything to go by. It’s also known as Jimsonweed, Devil’s Trumpet or, for the Harry Potter fans out there, Devil’s Snare.
This pretty little flower is known for causing extremely vivid hallucinations. In Ethiopia, it’s used to enhance creative thinking, it has spiritual significance among First Peoples tribes in America, and there’s even tell of it being one of the secret ingredients used in the notorious “zombie powder” used in vodou practices.
If the “Angels” found in-game are anything to go by, this last real-life use is the one replicated in-game.
To try and replicate this clear, hallucinatory liquid, I decided to use an equally clear and historically much-maligned liquor: gin. Too much Bliss, you’re a zombie. Too much gin, same thing happens.
But a man cannot get Furious on Bliss Oil alone, and you must add Prairie Fire to make it truly potent. Interestingly, this Prairie Fire appears to be none other than the Indian Paintbrush or Castilleja.
It’s the state flower of Wyoming, but it’s present in Montana too, where Far Cry 5 is set. Lucky for us, this flower is also edible, and is described as having a “nutty” flavour, as well as being “bitter” and, I suspect, quite herbaceous.
Nutty, bitter and herbaceous? A herby gin and Amaretto combo fit that bill nicely.
I like to make true-to-source-material cocktails, but I also like to make a cocktail that’s actually drinkable. Harder than you might think, considering some of the recipes in video games!
However, I was lucky with this one, as the gin, the Amaretto and the red colour lends itself quite nicely to a very distant cousin of the Alabama Slammer; a drink that normally uses Southern Comfort and orange juice alongside the gin and Amaretto.
But it’s not red, so I subbed in cranberry juice instead of the orange to get that sourness factor and beautiful ruby colour as seen in-game.
The citrus I replicated with orange bitters, and the peachiness of Southern Comfort with… well… peach liqueur. Sometimes the obvious solution is best.
As a result, you get a sweet, sour, fruity and herby drink with a subtle nuttiness that rounds it all out. Very drinkable, and very easy to sip while playing!
I hope you enjoy The Furious as much as I enjoyed making it! Let me know what you think in the comments below, and make sure you check out the rest of Experience Bar for more cocktail recipes from your favourite video games.