Saviour Schnapps: the drink that lets you save the game in Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Such a strange mechanic, but so perfect for a recreation at Experience Bar: they even give you a recipe in the game. This nettle-infused beverage is a little sweet, a little sour, a little acidic and 100% unique.
- 30ml vodka
- 90ml nettle-infused wine*
- 30ml sweet white vermouth
- 2 dash orange bitters
- Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice.
- Stir for 10 to 15 seconds to chill.
- Pour into your vessel.
*Nettle wine can be made by adding a cup of wine to a cup of nettle leaves (dried) and leaving overnight. Add this concoction to the remaining white wine to taste; I did it at about a cup of nettle infusion to half a bottle of wine.
“Whoever drinks this potion shall save his game and his soul, and though he should succumb to death, even shall he return to life.”
It might not be enough to save your life in the real world, but I like to think this bright and decidedly herbal drink is definitively medicinal: assuming your complaint is a long day at work…
Replace the nettle wine with regular white wine, add 15mls elderflower liqueur.
Replace the nettle wine with sparkling white wine, add 10mls green Chartreuse.
Mace to the Face
Replace the vodka with gin.
Why these ingredients?
There aren’t many games that require the player to take a shot if they want to save their game. In fact, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the only one that springs to mind.
Sure, the player themselves in real life might need a drink after a particularly tough boss in Skyrim, but the game itself doesn’t require alcohol poisoning every time you quicksave.
That makes Saviour Schnapps iconic to Kingdom Come, and they even provide you with a handy little recipe to make it in-game. How could I resist?
In-game, you create the drink with vinum (wine), nettle and Belladonna. The first two are easy enough, but the Belladonna AKA deadly nightshade poses more of a problem—I don’t exactly have a deathwish, and while nightshade does have some medicinal uses, I’m not going to risk it; not even for you guys.
Instead, I decided to go with a close relative of the nightshade; practically a cousin. The potato. In the vodka. Yes, I know that’s a bit of a stretch, but it IS in the same plant family! Along with tomatoes and aubergine.
Combine it with some nettle-infused wine and you’ve got Saviour Schnapps that won’t kill you: bonus! But while it’s herbal from the nettles, it’s a little bland, so I slung a couple of dashes of orange bitters in there to brighten up the fruit.
I hope you enjoy this little lifesaver from Kingdom Come: Deliverance! For more video game cocktails, check out the rest of my recent recipes here.