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Inspired by Lilt. I came up with this last autumn, when I wanted summer back in my life, but it’s taken a fair few iterations to get it balanced.
The Aurora is here to add a little carbonated zing to the profile. You could alternatively sub in FW Pink Champagne around 1% for a similar effect, but I like the brightness that Aurora brings here.
Everything else should be self-explanatory. The pineapples offer the main base, playing off the tart grapefruit from Inawera.
It’s good off the shake, but I recommend giving it 4 days for everything to settle together.
Eating an end of summer blue raspberry popsicle made me want to do some research on the flavor. None of the blue raspberry recipes or concentrates I've tried quite nail that fully saturated blue raspberry flavor.
I read all of the usual articles out there that give the history of the blue color after FD&C Red No. 2 was found to be carcinogenic. These articles also told the story of the rubus leucodermis, more commonly known as the "whitebark raspberry" or "blue raspberry". None of the articles actually delved deep enough to mention the actual aromas/flavors used in popsicle/candy making that make up the profile.....but one.
I spent some time balancing this and eating popsicles to try and get it right. I hope you all enjoy it. I got some serious brain freeze just for you.
The flavors I've used here are generally what the candy industry uses to concoct a blue raspberry. Pineapple, banana and cherry.
I chose INW Pineapple and CAP Golden Pineapple because it gives what I feel is a nice sweet balanced pineapple to build upon.
For the banana I knew I wanted something that was a good banana that would fit in the mix and work well with the other fruits. I arrived at HS after the other few bananas I tried stuck out like a runty whore in church.
INW Cherries was a no brainer. It's my favorite cherry and doesn't bring a bunch of medicinal baggage to try and mask. The problem I had was keeping it low enough so that it blended in like a sniper in a ghillie suit. My first few batches were very cherry forward and it stepped all over the pineapple/banana instead of working with it.
FA Oba Oba and CAP Hibiscus bring the sticky syrupy sweetness to the party.
You can add your preferred amount of whatever coolant you want if that's your thing. I left it out when developing the recipe so I could taste what was going on. WS-23 gives me heartburn much over 0.75% but would be my choice here.
One of my favorite desserts growing up has always been that green bowl of fluff. I had no idea what it was actually called until I got older and went in search of the recipe. As soon as I smelled the bottle of TPA-Pistachio it took me back and I knew exactly what I wanted to recreate. I used the TPA-Pistachio along with FLV-Vanilla Pudding to create my pistachio pudding base. Then I used the OOO-Cream Milky Undertone along with the OOO Marshmallow (Vanilla) to add in the whipped topping and marshmallows. Naturally I had to throw in a bit of INW-Pineapple to keep it authentic. I am still going to try one more version with FLV-Pineapple instead of INW and a bit of FW-Butter Pecan. If I like it even more I will come back and update this. This is better after 3 days but the best flavor is before the 2-3 week mark IMO. Some of the nuances start to blend in together if it steeps for too long. Smaller batches would be better for this one.
This is my version of a Hpnotiq cocktail. TPA-Hpno Type is the blue citrus foundation. The FA-Jamaica Special is a delicious rum flavoring but it lacks the alcohol feel that the VT-Light Rum brings to the mix. The FA-Coconut and INW-Pineapple add a tropical flare to it. The TPA-Ginger Ale helps to lighten it up and then I threw in a splash of VT-Bitters for good measure.
You can also add some sweetener and a cooling agent if you like. Photo was found on Pinterest.
Little Bit of Paradise Tea
This citrus forward fruity black tea vape. I have been wanting spring to start here in NYC so while dealing with the snow outside, I was dreaming of sipping something like this on a hammock somewhere sunny and warm.
Hibiscus (CAP) 3% / Black Tea (FLV) 1.5%:
The tea is a lighter element to this mix. I like the Black Tea flavor tho its really close to a sweetened tea. I wanted to help back it up and make it blend better with some of the citrus elements found in Hibiscus.
Pink Guava (FLV) 1% / Pineapple (INW) 2% / Lychee (FE) 0.75%:
The Pink Guava is definitely the more dominate note. One of the things it boost this recipe to make it feel more like a tea is upping the astringent element drinking tea provides. Black Tea already does that some. I have been wanting to find a good recipe to use this Lychee flavor in for a while. Its an excellent lychee flavor. Its pretty strong even in lower % so be careful. Since this was a bit sweeter than I wanted, I then used Pineapple to add a nice tropical citrus. Came out delicious. The flavor will stick to your coils for a little bit.
I tried this right after mixing it and was pleasantly surprised how close it felt to drinking a tropical fruity tea. After a few days, it really blends together well and mellows out enough that it isnt as much of a guava punch to the tastebuds.
My take on a Grapefruit, Apple & Pineapple Juice.
Grapefruit - FLV Pink Guava gives a great realistic Grapefruit flavour that stays on the palate throughout the vape.
Apple - CAP Fuji & CAP Double Apple combo gives a delicious, yet light apple brightness to add some complexity to the mix.
Pineapple - INW Pineapple provides a realistic pineapple flavour & CAP Golden Pineapple adds the artificial sweetness flavour.
I added TFA Cotton Candy for some brightness and feel free to add your desired amount of sweetner and(or) cooling.