In the Witcher, White Gull is hallucinogenic potion containing Mandragora officinarum (mandrake) root. Mandrake is a member of the Solanaceae family, and like its relative Atropa belladona (also known as Deadly Nightshade), it is poisonous plant containing tropane alkaloids. Ingesting mandrake is known to cause blurred vision, rapid heart rate, hallucinations and death.
In the Witcher 3, to make White Gull you will need:
- Empty bottle
- Redanian herbal
- Cherry cordial
- Mandrake cordial
While it might be well and good to consume mandrake if you are Geralt, us real life humans don’t have Witcher mutations to tolerate such toxins. I’ve taken some creative (and safe!) liberties to create my own White Gull. The ingredients I have chosen have been selected with making Superior White Honey in mind, and is great antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cleansing tonic. It is also worth mentioning that flavours also work really nicely together.
I chose rose not only for it’s healing properties, but also for the fantasy element. It is my Arenaria flower. Botanically, both have five petals and multiple stamen, and aside from that they are beautiful and prized! Also, gül is the Turkish word for rose.
Roses are members of the Rosaceae family. The family not only contains roses, but also medical plants like hawthorn and fruits like apricot, cherry, apples and strawberry. In traditional medicine, rose was used as an astringent, and for headaches, coughs and stomach upsets. Nowadays, rose hips (the rose fruit) are more commonly used for their high concentration of vitamin C to treat colds and flu. Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to use rose petals to heal the spleen and liver meridians, cleansing the blood.
Prunus avium (cherry) is the wild species of cherry, and is most commonly used in cooking and medicine. Cherries are really high in anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants.
Zingiber officinale (ginger) is a culinary and medicinal herb, used for thousands of years for it’s anti-emetic effect. Today, ginger is also used as an anti-inflammatory and has demonstrated anti-inflammatory constituents including gingerols, shogaols and gingeroidals. The rhizome of the plant is used, and will be used in White Gull instead of the poisonous mandrake root.
Skill level required: Apprentice Journeyman Expert Master
You will need:
- Measuring cylinder
- Linen tea towel
- Large bowl
- Filter paper or coffee filter paper
- 200mL glass bottle
- 500mL glass bottle
- 20g dried rose petals
- 100mL rose water
- 100mL of 95% rectified spirit. If you can only source 37-45% vodka, leave out the rose water.
- Ginger extract. I made mine myself, which you can do with the same method as the rose petal extract, but with 70% alcohol, 30% water.
- 300mL of pure cherry juice.
- Add 20g of rose petals, the vodka and rose water to a blender. This proportion of rose to menstrum (the vodka and rose water solvent) is a 1:10 extract ratio (1g of herb for every 10mL of solvent).
- Close the lid and pulse.
- Place a linen tea towel over a bowl.
- Scoop out the mix onto the tea towel.
- Gather the edges of the tea towel together, and press. The liquid will be squeezed out into the bowl.
- Prepare the smaller glass bottle, with a funnel and filter paper in the top. I used a small, glass Hario coffee filter which was perfect.
- Filter the tincture through the paper.
- Once it has finished filtering, remove the funnel and the paper. You are going to be using the rose tincture straight away. If you made extra and plan to keep some aside, don’t forget to seal it in a clean bottle and label it.
- Pour the rose tincture and cherry juiced into the larger glass bottle. If you want a stronger rose flavour, add a dash of rose water.
- Add some ginger extract to the mixture. How much you decide upon is up to you as it can be quite a strong flavour. When I made this on stream, I used 2mL of a 1:3 tincture which gave it a subtle zing.
I prefer to serve it warm, but it would also be lovely served chilled. Keeps for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
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Disclaimer: recipes provided are for entertainment purposes only, and should never replace the advice of your healthcare professional.