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Nectar Making Skill

The Sims 3: World Adventures Walkthrough and Guide

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Nectar Making Skill

Nectar making is a skill that was added in The Sims 3: World Adventures that allows your Sims to make nectar, which is the equivalent of wine in the world of The Sims -- it is odd that they avoid having a declared alcohol in the game considering that they have sex and all but there you have it... Actually if we are technical here, they do not come right out and say that Nectar is not alcoholic, but the alternate name choice sort of suggests that. But we prefer to think of it as wine and the fact that children in the game are not allowed to drink it, that sort of supports the idea that it is what it is.

Making Wine is hard work!

-- Acquiring Nectar Making Skills --

Your first step in learning to make Nectar is to head to Champs Les Sims, France, where you can visit the Vineyard and purchase the items that are required for the making of it or you can learn how as part of one of the missions that you can encounter there. Either way you end up using the Vineyard's equipment to make your first few batches, but you can buy your own kit at the Vineyard and take that home with you so that you can make it there too!

There are three skill books for Nectar Making from level 1-10 that are available at the Circle of Knowledge Bookstore in Champs Les Sims and we strongly recommend that you buy and read them first. The reason for that recommendation is that getting your skill higher is an absolute requirement no matter which path you are choosing -- there are two, the first is making Nectar for your Sims to drink, and the second is making it to sell, and both paths have their own specific requirements and are heavily dependent upon skills.

The best nectar for drinking is made from perfect fruits only, while Nectar made for selling requires more than just perfect ingredients, since the final value of your Nectar is subject to ingredient quality, ingredient rarity, and your skill level.

There is some argument as to whether aging of Nectar makes it better, or whether more expensive Nectar is better than less expensive, so you will have to make up your own mind on that matter... Note that while this is a guide for World Adventures, which is the expansion in which the craft of Nectar making was introduced, in Ambitions your Sims can be declared Nectar makers as a profession, we are just saying...

Setting up the Batch Run on the Wine Maker

-- Making the Good Stuff --

To make really high-quality Nectar you really need to grow and use the best and freshest ingredients, and that means you need to be an expert at Gardening and collect the best and the rarest seeds you can manage. The reason for this is because the best nectar depends heavily on the fruit used as the ingredients, as well as the alternate ingredients if you are prone to experimentation.

Determining the base-value for a particular vintage of Nectar is based upon taste of the Nectar, though bear in mind that taste really has very little relation to effect of the beverage -- that is to say that a very valuable and great tasting Nectar may not have as high a moodlet effect as a less expensive vintage.

It's better to start out with the special rarity of fruit and experiment from there. The recipes below have proven value and effect, and which has been widely verified by The Sim community and are widely published online -- so these are good staring points for you:

Recipe 1: 9 Life Fruit, 1 Pomegranate

Recipe 2: 7 Life Fruit, 2 Flame Fruit, 1 Plum

Recipe 3: 7 Life Fruit, 2 Flame Fruit, 1 Watermelon

Recipe 4: 8 Flame Fruit, 2 Cherry

Recipe 5: 5 Life Fruit, 5 Cranerlet Nuala

When a new batch of nectar is ready, an assessment of how good (or bad) the flavor is gets displayed, so you can decide whether that vintage is one you want to cellar or not... Consider that each fruit has a base flavor value and that is factored into the flavor combinations in determining the results, so some experimentation is a good idea, but you can also Google for known good recipes since there is a very large community within the game who factor themselves Nectar Makers!

Note that you can make Nectar that has a function as well -- like extending lifespan -- from the following recipe: 6 Life Fruit, 3 Flame Fruit, 1 random fruit, which will improve all moodlets as well as reduce your Sim's age.

-- Nectar Making Levels and Abilities --

Level 0 Basic Nectar.

Level 4 Concentrated Nectar (Higher Quality).

Level 7 Mass Produce Nectar Vintages (Lower Quality).

Level 9 Extended Nectaration Nectar ( 15% Quality and takes a little longer to produce).

Collecting the Finished Product and a Good Run!

-- Nectar Challenges --

Flavorful Feet

Completed after squishing 40 batches of fruit -- rewards you by increasing the value of the Nectar made by you.

Master of Nectar Making

Completed by making 200 bottles of Nectar - rewards you by allowing you to make more bottles per batch.

Mix Master

Completed by making 15 different Nectar combinations -- your reward is your Sim being able to predict a Nectar recipe's final quality before making it.

The Wizard of Vine

Completed by turning 400 bunches of homegrown grapes into Nectar -- rewards you by making all of the grapevine varieties grown by you yield more grapes.

-- Aging Your Nectar --

While we should point out -- as we did before -- that the question as to whether aging improves the effects or tastes of Nectar is an open one, there is no question that it increases the value of it. To increase nectar once you have created and bottled it, it must be aged in nectar racks, preferably in a basement.

The expensive Necteaux rack will age nectar faster than the cheaper Flavor Savor Nectar Rack -- but as long as your racks are placed in a basement the Nectar stored in them gains around 10% value per day.

If you have any favored recipes or you ones you have found beneficial that you want to share, please feel invited to email them to the author!

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Comments for Nectar Making Skill

4 comments, latest first.
Apr 24th 2014 CMBF
It depends on what you were given mate - it is not always the same... But you can be sure that whatever the items were they are the ones you have less of.
ID #378204
Apr 21st 2014 Guest
Hi, What ingredients are you given for a little experiment - my sim who is doing this quest has all her fruits etc at her disposal from home. I don't know what fruits I was given. Any help muchly appreciated.
ID #377111
Jun 19th 2012 CMBF
The challenge that you are facing basically requires you to create 3 distinct nice quality wines -- how you do that has pretty much everything to do with the ingredients that you use...

As odd as this sounds, the key factor tends to be freshness of the ingredients, so for example when you purchase fruit to use from merchants it basically has a flag that indicates that it was bought from merchants, which means it is not fresh, but it is not old... The longer you keep it in your fridge, the older it ages, so obviously you are not going to want to use either fruit you have stored in your fridge or fruit bought from merchants (though really the stuff you buy gets a dice roll, so there is a chance you can get a nice quality rating from it if you make enough batches but this is literally a dice roll so...).

What you will find then is that you will have the best consistent success by using freshly picked fruit that you grow yourself. That being the case, you will want to plant fruit trees, grape vines, and fruit plants in your yard and garden and then harvest the fruit and use it right away.
ID #154424
Jun 19th 2012 Guest
Im stuck on an adventure called "Even Better". You have to make 3 very nice quality nectars and I've looken online and tried everything (after trying by myself) and nothing works :( I really need help please!!
ID #154405