Nectar making is an activity in The Sims: Makin' Magic and a skill in The Sims 3 World Adventures that allows Sims to make nectar, the equivalent of wine in The Sims. It is not specified whether or not the nectar is alcoholic. Even so, it cannot be consumed by children, in keeping with legal restriction on alcohol in many real countries. Nectar is also the drink of the gods in Greek mythology, and grants the drinkers immortality.
Nectar was created by Jean Necteaux over 6,000 years ago. He resided in Champs Les Sims, France. His alleged descendant Anastasia Necteaux and Admiral Landgraab presumably had a part to play in the creation as well.
In The Sims: Makin' Magic, the Sim first drops grapes/elderberries and the other ingredients into the A Pressing Feeling nectar maker. After the Sim puts the ingredients in, the Sim then changes into his/her swimsuit and stomps the fruits while dancing around. After the Sim finishes stomping it, the Sim will pour the stomped nectar into a bottle and can sell it, or place it in their inventory. From there, it can be given as a gift or placed in the Taste of the Vine Nectar Bar for later use. When selling nectar, the price depends on the Sim's Cooking skill. For a Sim with maxed Cooking, nectar making can be quite profitable.
The Sims 3
In order to get started, visit Champs Les Sims. There's an adventure which introduces the player to Nectar Making, but it is also possible to get started right away by purchasing a L'amour des Fruits Nectar Maker at the nectary. The three skill books for Nectar Making from level 1-10 are also available at Circle of Knowledge Bookstore in Champs Les Sims. Gardening is a must to make the best nectar since the quality depends heavily on the fruit used as ingredients.
It's important to distinguish between making nectar for Sims to drink or for selling. The best nectar for drinking would be one made from perfect fruits only and fulfill all of the moodlet requirements below. Nectar does not become better for Sims to drink through aging or flavor, and Sims do not benefit from drinking very old or expensive nectar (aside from the wish to drink expensive nectar). If made for selling, there's more to it than just perfect ingredients. The final value of nectar is subject to ingredient quality, ingredient rarity, skill level, flavor and aging.
In The Sims 3: Ambitions it is possible to register as a self-employed nectar maker. In The Sims 3: Late Night, plasma fruit can be used to make nectar; nectar containing any plasma fruit will cause non-vampires to vomit but will fill the thirst of vampires.
|Level||Nectar type||Bottles produced||Effect|
|4||Concentrated||+25% quality, but one less bottle produced|
|7||Mass Produce||-25% quality, but one more bottle produced|
|9||Extended Nectaration||+15% quality, but takes 50% longer to produce|
To stock a cellar with nectar for drinking purposes first, 'Mass Production' is the ability to use. The decrease in quality is negligible and the extra bottles will help towards the 'Master of Nectar Making' challenge.
|Sugar Rush||+15 Mood||4 hours||
Juice, Nectar, Soda, Candy bar
|Filling up on sugary goodness makes everything more fun!||-|
|+5-30 Mood||8 hours||Nectar||The flavors of the nectar are so vibrant with fruits that the tongue is practically overwhelmed.||Effect depends on quality of the nectar.|
|-5-30 Mood||8 hours||Nectar||When nectar tastes that bad it should just be left in the bottle!||Effect depends on quality of the nectar. Sometimes a Sim will simply not like the nectar though.|
|Warm Fuzzies||+15 Mood||5 hours||Nectar, Baked Angel Food Cake||Certain foods fill the body with a warm cozy feeling that's unlike anything else.||From nectar with at least 3 Flame fruits.|
|Full of Life||+50 Mood||8 hours||Nectar||There's nothing that compares to feeling young and full of life again.||From nectar with at least 5 Life fruits.|
|Nauseous||-25 Mood||2 hours||Nectar||(Sim Name) isn't feeling so hot. You may want to keep him/her around a bathroom.||Drinking nectar with at least 1 plasma fruit if not a vampire.|
To increase nectar value after production, it must be aged in a nectar rack, preferably placed in a basement. The expensive Necteaux rack will age nectar faster than the cheaper Flavor Savor Nectar Rack. Contrary to the loading screen tip it does not matter how deep in basements the nectar rack is placed, as long as it is a basement. Nectar gains roughly 10% in value per day.
Taste is an important modifier when determining the value for nectar. It does not affect the moodlets a Sim will receive when drinking nectar. When a new batch of nectar is ready, a popup will tell the player how good (or bad) the flavor is. Each fruit has a base flavor value (Life fruit being the highest) which is subject to flavor combinations. It's better to start out with the 'special' rarity fruit and experiment from there. Luckily, the Sims community has shared the recipes they've discovered to have an 'Amazing' flavor. All the recipes below have been verified by The Sims Wiki users. The reason some of these amazing nectar recipes have low value is that their ingredients are less rare. Their flavor may be amazing, but for better results, use higher rarity fruit.
Amazing Nectar Recipes
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|9 Life fruit, 1 Pomegranate (perfect fruits and extended nectaration)||602§|
|5 Life fruit, 5 Cranerlet Nuala (perfect fruits and extended nectaration)||533§|
|9 Life fruit, 1 Cherry (perfect fruits and extended nectaration)||531§|
|7 Life fruit, 2 Flame fruit, 1 Plum||402§|
|7 Life fruit, 2 Flame fruit, 1 Watermelon||400§|
|6 Life fruit, 3 Flame fruit, 1 Cheromola Blan||393§|
|5 Life fruit, 5 Cranerlet Nuala||366§|
|5 Life fruit, 5 Pomelo||328§|
|7 Flame fruit, 1 Life fruit, 1 Avornalino, 1 Plum||325§|
|8 Flame fruit, 2 Cherry||308§|
|2 Life fruit, 2 Gralladina Fran, 2 Cranerlet Nuala, 2 Cherry, 2 Pomelo||290§|
|2 Gralladina Fran, 2 Cranerlet Nuala, 1 Life fruit, 1 Flame fruit, 1 Cherry, 1 Pomelo, 1 Avornalino, 1 Meloire||280§|
|More Amazing Recipes||Base value|
|4 Meloire, 3 Flame fruit, 3 Gralladina Fran||250§|
|3 Cranerlet Nuala, 3 Gralladina Fran, 2 Renoit, 2 Meloire||226§|
|4 Lime, 3 Flame fruit, 2 Watermelon, 1 Life fruit||224§|
|5 Gralladina Fran, 4 Plum, 1 Cranerlet Nuala||196§|
|4 Pomelo, 3 Meloire, 3 Plum||192§|
|6 Meloire, 4 Cherry||190§|
|2 Cherimola Blan, 2 Cherry, 2 Pomegranate, 1 Pomelo, 1 Gralladina Fran, 1 Avornalino, 1 Cranerlet Nuala||177§|
|6 Cherry, 4 Pomegranate||147§|
|5 Gralladina Fran, 5 Apples||143§|
|9 Pomegranate, 1 Flame fruit||143§|
|9 Plum, 1 Lime||140§|
|5 Cherries, 5 Lime||119§|
|9 Pomegranate, 1 Life fruit||90§|
|4 Limes, 4 Watermelons, 2 Apples||90§|
|5 Renoit, 5 Apples||83§|
|6 Cherimola, 4 Apple||81§|
The 'best' recipes are always subject to what the intention with the nectar is.
|...drinking and extending lifespan||6 Life Fruit, 3 Flame Fruit, 1 random fruit||
|...drinking without extending lifespan||3 Flame Fruit, 1 Life Fruit, 6 random fruits||All moodlets, but no age reduction.|
|...selling||9 Life Fruit, 1 Pomegranate||Highest base value before aging.|
|...selling for beginners||5 Apples, 5 Renoit Grapes||High base value and easy ingredients.|
- Number of bottles made
- Number of glasses had
- Total made selling nectar (§)
- Highest amount single bottle sold for
- Number of fruits used to make nectar
- Number of Sims served
- Number of times squished fruit
- Number of different combinations
- Master of Nectar Making
- After making 200 bottles of Nectar you'll make more bottles per batch.
- Flavorful Feet
- After squishing 40 batches of fruit, Nectar made by you will be worth more.
- The Vizard of Vine
- Turn 400 bunches of homegrown grapes into Nectar and all grapevine varieties grown by you will yield more grapes.
- Mix Master
- Make 15 different Nectar combinations and your Sim will be able to predict a Nectar recipe's final quality before making it.
- To complete The Vizard of Vine challenge, your Sim doesn't only have to turn 400 harvested grapes (base game ones don't count due to a typo) into homemade nectar. The challenge also requires the Sim to harvest 400 (other) grapes themselves.
- Travelling will reset Number of different combinations (and the Mix Master challenge) if Number of Sims served is still listed as 0.
- Nectar can be purchased from consignment stores.[TS3A]
- A Horrifying Quality Nectar with base value 0 will not increase its value when it stored in the basement.
- Wikipedia article, 2014-12-31 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nectar#Etymology
- From reports of just over 6k year old bottles given as a reward for an adventure.
- Revealed in two Champs Les Sims adventures in WA.
- The Sims 3 loading screen tip: "The finest Nectar is aged on racks placed deep within basements"
- There is a function in the game files for this, but it does not appear to be working as of 13th Dec 2009 as tested by Goldhorizon at ModTheSims.info
- Also tested and reported by Twinmum on 6th Jun 2010 at Carl's Sims 3 Guide Forum
- As discovered by Chrys at Carl's Sims 3 Guide: Nectar Making # Quality, Value & Aging
- Nectar making skill 10, no upgrades, no challenges completed, basic nectaration. Game versions: 1.12.7/2.7.7/3.3.11/4.0.87