Vaping something that actually tastes like beer would be gross. This is more of a collaborative interpretive dance inspired by a cold glass of Ruby Red Ale. Notes of hops, raspberry, grapefruit, blood orange, and frothy suds dance on your tastebuds.
Very much a work in progress, but after two revisions, this is getting pretty tasty and hitting most of the right notes.
The first version wasn't tasting "red" enough or fizzy enough. It couldn't quite decide what kind of ale it was..
Version 2 added raspberries, WS-23 to make it cool, and bumped the blood orange champagne up to 4% for more effervescence. Unfortunately it also picked up some cheap wine notes. Just a touch of Vanilla Swirl muted a harsh topnote and made the whole thing a bit smoother.
Version 3 dropped the blood orange champagne back to 2% and added fizzy sherbet to restore the bubbly quality.
Thanks to eyemakepizza and isuamadog, whose idea i remixed into this recipe and whose feedback made it better.
This is not as much a creative effort as a logical combination of two of ID10-T's excellent ideas--the macaron base from Mango Blossom Macaron, and the blueberry flavor from Viserion. It's amazing how well these two elements work together, and as a blueberry lover this is already hands-down my favorite macaron recipe.
FW Blueberry and TPA Blueberry Extra provide a sweet, bright blueberry flavor shamelessly lifted from another of id10-t's best recipes, Viserion (at his suggestion). The dash of Lemon Sicily makes the berries pop. Feel free to substitute INW Lemon Mix or another tart lemon flavor.
Quoting id10-t for the parts of his recipe that I'm re-using for this blueberry variant.
"FA Almond 2%, FA Meringue 2%, CAP Sugar Cookie 2% - Simple and to the point, this is a macaron, a sweet meringue drop cookie made with egg whites, icing sugar, and ground almond. They're often infused with flavors and color, and made into a light, delicate cookie sandwich with a cream filling that might or might not also be flavored and colored. FA Almond gives a clear, clean almond flavor and FA Meringue has both the airy baked egg white and powered sugar thing going on. CAP Sugar Cookie stays sweet, texturizes (makes whole almonds ground), and further bakes these goodies. When I think about what a macaron tastes like, these three concentrates together just seem insanely obvious. AP-laden bakery ingredients are just too heavy for such light and airy cookies. Try this simple 2/2/2 macaron base with your preferred macaron flavors, but take care not to do so with a heavy hand. These treats are delicate and the flavoring should be subtle yet ingratiating.
FLV Cream 1% - There's your cream filling. This stuff is my Frank's Red Hot lately. If you have to sub something, try 1.5 to 2% CAP Vanilla Whipped Cream, which will shorten the steep time, or TFA Whipped Cream 2%, which will stretch it to two weeks. Neither of those will be quite the same, but should still be tasty."
Version 1: used the blueberry trifecta, but the bilberry wasn't working for me.
Version 2: Less bilberry, more FW blueberry. I think it's going in the right direction, but it's not far enough, I think.
Version 3 (this): I decide to try the base with another very successful blueberry profile, the one used in Viserion. Even as a shake and vape, I can tell this is a bingo! I'm still testing some variations, because there's no such thing as TOO delicious, but this is now the addictively sweet, delicate blueberry jam delicacy I was hoping for.
Recipe of the Month on reddit.com/r/DIY_eJuice, February 2019! Thanks for the updoots everyone!
I asked AlfredPudding to help me make a juice for my sister, who has very different tastes from my own. He put together this nutty, robust and full-bodied unsweetened tobacco blend that turned out so great that I made a second large batch for myself.
Here's Alfred on the details:
"Connecticut Shade is a darker, coffee-like and syrupy tobacco flavor. That pairs really well with Red Burley which is a more robust and dry nutty tobacco flavor that works into the Almond. RY4 Double adds a hint of dirty caramel without making the entire profile too sweet or cloying. Finally, Rice Crunchies is used as a modifier to make the whole thing seem more dry and nutty."
Whenever I get burnt out on the sweet, fruity/dessert-oriented flavors that I typically vape, I load this into my tank.
Variations I've tried and enjoyed: FA Hazelnut can replace the Almond. If you'd like to add a vanilla accent, 2% FA Vanilla Bourbon works well, either in place of or addition to Almond or Hazelnut.
Thanks for the recipe Alfred, your talent is matched only by your generosity!