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Basic, simple, delicious. This is a recipe that is greater than the sum of its parts, which is exactly what I strive for when I mix. If you have seen my other mixes, you know that two and three flavor bangers are my shtick, I try to make mixes that are easy to get into weather it's your first mix or your thousandth. With that fluff out of the way, here's the recipe.
TPA Honeysuckle. It's awesome and it is my first toe-dip into florals and thanks to the unanimous backing of ConcreteRiver and Kopel on Mixlife (Wednesdays at 9pm Central, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi-1CgoitSnlqAJEAzJWXuQ) it made its way into my Bull City cart and I haven't looked back. I believe Rick's actual quote was "...just fucking get it, it's good."
At 1.5% we notice the presence of of the sweet, almost syrupy homage to the tasty flower buds that we southern raised children used to suck and chew on while prowling the woods and playgrounds of yesteryear. Despite it's well known and exploited subtlety, TPA Honeysuckle has a way to take over a mix if you know what to look for. It's a lot like garlic that if used well, you will hardly notice it, yet if it is abused it will be the sole note that you pick out of a mix. 1.5% is what I have tested and determined to be absolutely perfect here. Not 1.75%, not 1.25%. Feel free to play around with the percentages but know that if you change it up it will totally alter the intended result of a background note that harmonizes with the forefront.
In the right hand corner we have the reigning heavyweight FA White Peach at a whopping 1%. I have what we woke mixers call a "bitch throat" and get razors out of white peach at anything over 1%-1.5%. At 1% Peach certainly takes the wheel in the overall flavor of the mix, as it was intended. At such a low percentage we get a more mellow peach rings vibe, vs the ripe white peach that can rear its head closer to 2%-3%.
As a caveat I should mention that I really truly do not care for peach at all, though I often find myself using it in many of my mixes, specifically FA White Peach and more often than not at the aforementioned 1%. After much internal reflection and looking in the mirror, I have deduced that White Peach has a certain je ne sais quoi, more specifically a "chew" factor that I have come to love. That "chew" plays a fairly important role here, and though this recipe isn't intended as a candy mix, the texture is reminiscent of chewing a flower petal which inherently ties into the Honeysuckle background.
Sweetener is discouraged, at least try it without first. A prolonged steep isn't necessary, about three days should suffice. I notice very little difference between three days and two weeks steep time.
As a final note, the recipe image that I made was my first time combining two photos together in a collage using GIMP and it came out.. eh it could have been better in hindsight. I had a lot of cool ideas but my photo editing skills are not on par with some of the absolute wizards I have seen on here.
Rainforest is a sopping wet amalgamation of Juicy Guava, Honeysuckle, and Cactus. I get an absolutely saturated mouthfeel from this blend and I love it when i need a change of pace for a few days. It has seen a few different iterations with the three main ingredients at varying levels of dominance, but I felt this was the most well rounded and accessible. You can turn the Guava and Cactus down for a more honeysuckle dominant flavor that is pretty damn good too.
The addition of WS23 can add a whole other element to the mix and really transform it into a slushy type flavor instead of a more hard candy vibe that we get from the base recipe. I don't include it in the base recipe because it isn't for everyone.
Our main note is the sticky sweet nectar that is CAP Sweet Guava, and it does its job of conducting the train of flavor well here. We get a lovely, wet, pink (heh) vibe from this at 3%.
Backup comes from TPA Honeysuckle at 2%. This adds a sweet floral nuance to the whole mix without making this taste like sucking on flower petals. It bumps up the juiciness without imparting too much of a flavor to the blend.
Our final bump of wet comes from none other than INW Cactus. The pink undertones play well with the Sweet Guava and at 0.5% it's really the little note that seals the deal and helps tie the Honeysuckle to the Guava. There is a noticeable difference if Cactus is omitted, not necessarily a bad difference, but a difference all the same.
Finally a little CAP Super Sweet at 0.4% rounds some little edges and brightens up some odd notes that can arise after a few days of a steep, though to be fair I generally don't let the 60ml make it past about two days.
This is a simple, stupid cucumber mix intended to meet or beat the cucumber mix used by the epidemiological pod device that shall not be named.
It's pretty good.
Cap cucumber gives it the mushy middle, FA adds in a bit more peel (Which of these are more attractive to the yoots of 'Merka is unknown at the time of this writing.)
Oddly, Since you'll see cucumber used in some cases to boost the rind note of many melons, I played around with adding some wild melon to boost the cucumber wet notes. I haven't played all that much with up and down percentages for this, but I'm pretty happy with it just where it is. :)
WS-23 gives it a bit of coolness to boost that fresh sense you get from biting into a good 'ole back yard cucumber.
Anyways.. Pretty fun little mix for pod devices if that's your thing..
2nd try at this recipe. I accidentally deleted the first one trying this again. I wanted to make a liquid that reminds me of a drink I had in Singapore. The profile I'm going for is a cold lychee coconut shake with a hint of strawberry
Honeysuckle is there to support Sweet Lychee on the back end. May try a mix of other lychee concentrates.
Had a tough time deciding with the coconut mix. Originally had FA Coco mixed with TPA Coconut Candy but Coco dies down on the steep. Sweet Cream's cheesy note helps prop up the coconut flavor and creaminess.
Pomelo is there for overall brightness. Per usual Koolada is optional
I got back into fruits thanks to an old bottle of Bombies Cold Press I found, so i initially dove into citrus. This is the result. Terrorhawk is awesome, and was an inspiration for this, but I enjoy this much more. It's a sweet, floral grapefruit backed up with some dark berries.
FLV Pink Guava - Not much to say, it's an awesome grapefruit. Very sweet, almost sticky, I needed the brighter, more realistic grapefruit notes.
FLV Lychee - This stuff is great. I enjoy it at 1% on it's own or with a little WS-23. Very sweet lychee, more of a syrup.
INW White Grapefruit - If you've never tried this solo do it. It is intensely floral, concentrated grapefruit pith. So, so good. It's super potent, so .25 brings that bitter pith I wanted for the grapefruit.
FA Forest Mix - An easy choice for berries. Good on it's own, here it blends into and mellows the sharpness of the citrus.
FA Sicilian Mix - Another one I would vape solo. A very good mix of lemon, lime, and syrupy orange. Not too tart, but pushes the citrus further.
FW Ruby Red Grapefruit - A Pretty accurate grapefruit juice. Dry and bright, with a little pith bitterness. I really like this stuff, and here it rounds out out our grapefruit, bringing it more into candy / juice territory rather than an accurate grapefruit.
TPA Honeysuckle - I wanted more floral but more INW White Grapefruit could be lethal, so in comes Honeysuckle. Lightly floral, sweet, and wet.
WS-23 - This can obviously be increased to taste. The goal here was to have the mix chilled, not cold. Any higher and it was muting top notes for me.
INW Cactus - This adds just a touch of that cactus 'wtf is that' and some wet. I think it adds a little complexity that was missing without it.
FA Lime Tahity Cold Pressed - I wanted to push the sharpness of the citrus even further, and was having a hard time doing it until a reddit conversation gave me the little light over my head. This stuff is intense, and I'd say pretty floral. I love it. Too much and it will choke you out though.
The Burninator because it will punch you in your little bitch throat. I enjoy the harshness of the citrus fresh, but if you want to avoid that i'd give it a week or more.
recipe for fresh and friends Saturday show
Wanted to use FLV elderflower in a mix and recently had a pear martini while on vaction that had elderflower in it and and I loved it !! The elderflower is very front forward in this mix with the pear and honeysuckle coming through on the back end.
The pear and apple work to provide that sweet fresh juicy pear note
FLv elderflower is a pretty strong flavor and will take a mix over would recommend to use it under 1%. it is a floral note with a bight honey sweetness
Honesysuckle adds some sweetness and body and a slight sruyp mouth feel
Blood orange champagne adds a bit of citrus and top notes to this mix , and compliments it perfectly