Used in 15 recipes at an average of 1.257%.
Another Mixer's Club entry. This is uniquely delicious and possibly one of the best recipes I have ever created. The only problem with it is it needs citrus support because the FLV Lemonade will fade within 2 weeks. I will eventually update it and include detailed notes once I get the right support figured out that doesn't mess with the delicate balance of some crazy ingredients. I just wanted to go ahead and put it out there in the world.
Description: A ginger-lemonade spiked with gin with an exotic floral twist.
A delicate nectar made from honeysuckle flowers and infused with sweet ginger syrup, pureed mango and honey. That was the intention anyway! Based on Mixers Club feedback I think I need to change my description. This is a ginger-mango candy. I will eventually tweak it a bit to bring it more in line with that profile, but it's tasty enough to be shared and mixed by other ginger fans out there as is.
I first combined ginger and mango together for an entry in the Mixer's Club sub-Reddit when our theme was "non-representational mixing". I loved the combination but felt the recipe lacked a solid foundation. The syrupy sweet combo wanted to be a nectar. I probably could have fine tuned the recipe a little and called it a nectar in the way extra sweet fruit juices are sometimes called nectars. But the very next month our theme was to improve a recipe from the past year. This provided me an opportunity to combine these flavors into a true nectar, as in the yummy sweet liquid that hummingbirds get from flowers.
Honeysuckle was the obvious choice for the heart of our nectar. It's light and sweet and not perfumey. Plus it does magical things when combined with FLV Ginger. It does an excellent job of carrying our top notes and sitting quietly in the mix while whispering, "I'm here."
HS Ginger is where the syrupy sweet ginger note is coming from. If there is a star in this recipe, this is it. The FLV Ginger gives it some support. It is more floral than spice though. When combined with honeysuckle it creates a flavor that is very much like a gourmet honey such as wildflower or orange blossom honey. I can almost see using this concentrate as a sweetener for more exotic flavors.
The mango was the most difficult part of this to get just right. I tried about 15 different combinations of mangoes with varying percentages during the two months I worked on this. Honestly I am still not convinced it's perfect. The Sweet Mango was in every version I tried. By itself it sits too far in the back though, and the mango is more of an afterthought than a main note. Other mangos were too "clean" or brought a peel note with them that wasn't working with the ginger. FLV Mango is very creamy. It would make an excellent smoothie flavor. I didn't like it at first and almost went back to HS. But I kept vaping it and tweaking percentages and it grew on me. I was tempted to push the overall percentage of mangoes a little higher but, surprisingly, ginger is easily bullied if you are not careful. I wanted the ginger as a main note rather than an accent but I also wanted that for the mango. So it was a delicate balancing act and the current recipe is what I finally decided on.
The FA Honey is there for extra sweetness and to push the honey note created by the Honeysuckle/FLV Ginger combo. I was tempted to go a little higher with it, but I have heard the honey horror stories so I never even attempted a version with a higher percentage.
INW Cactus adds juiciness. It is actually sweeter without the Cactus, which is weird because I know it usually sweetens too. But apparently when you are working with a more syrupy profile this is not the case. I think it brings a touch of a green note with it. At 0.5% it doesn't interfere with the rest of the profile though. Feel free to leave it out if you are not a fan.
Give this about 3 days for the cactus to settle down and the ginger to come up.
This is just one of my mixing ideas that turned out really yummy. Looking for ideas to use HS Ginger (I love ginger), I came across this culinary recipe, which piqued my interest. So I decided to make it into a vape. I went with an ice cream instead of a yogurt or rice pudding, mostly because this ice cream base, which I stole from Vurve, is easy and delicious and doesn't need a long steep.
This is a good ratio of FA Peach to FA White Peach for what I wanted to do. HS Ginger, I've found, does a good job of toning down the floral (perfume-y?) notes in berries. This amount of Ginger is necessary to taste it in this mix and it is really just a compliment. As it sits, the whole thing really blends together nicely, no flavor is too distinct.
Let me know what you think. Give it a day to steep. Also, if you like sweetener like I do, 0.5% CAP Super Sweet hits the spot