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Added On: 05/15/24
Published On: 05/15/24
Updated On: 05/15/24
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I realize I'm a bit late with this week’s recipe update—life has been wonderfully busy lately! A couple of months ago, I started applying for local jobs, and I'm excited to share that I recently landed a part-time, seasonal position with our local Parks & Recreation Department. It’s thrilling to think about getting back into the swing of things outside the home, and the cherry on top? Tom was hired as well, so we’ll be tackling this new adventure together. Just wanted to give you all a quick life update—the sun is shining, and things are definitely looking brighter.

Now, onto the much-anticipated recipe. This week, I'm finally unveiling "Country Summer," a flavor that holds a special place in my heart. It took over ten years to perfect, with about 2.5 years dedicated to crafting the ultimate strawberry lemonade. This wasn’t a continuous effort; it involved numerous trials and iterations, periods of rest, and many restarts fueled by fresh inspirations or new ingredients that seemed promising. Unlike other recipes I’ve set aside over the years—like a grapefruit blend, strawberry kiwi, and even a snickerdoodle—something about this quest for the perfect strawberry lemonade kept me coming back, determined more than ever. It’s my pleasure to share this labor of love with you today.

Exploring the Path to 🍓Country Summer🍋

Throughout the development of "Country Summer," numerous experimental blends laid the groundwork for the final masterpiece. Here’s a glimpse into a few pivotal trials that helped shape this beloved recipe:

Test Flavor: Quench

  • Lemonade (LA): 10%
  • Mandarin (FA): 6%
  • Shisha Strawberry (VT): 6%
  • Alpine Strawberry (FLV): 1%
  • Fizz Pop (CAP): 2%
  • Super Sweet: 0.5%

Discovery: While rummaging through my flavor stash, I sniffed out FA's Mandarin, which surprisingly smelled like it could perfect the sweet base of lemonade I needed. This was a pivotal moment, teaching me to trust my instincts and explore beyond the expected. FA's Mandarin tempered the sharp lemon tones, adding the sweetness and depth I was searching for.

Test Flavor: Home Squeeze

  • Pineapple Juice (VT): 1.75%
  • Mandarin (FA): 1.5%
  • Grapefruit (Medicine Flower - 20% Dilution w/ PG): 1.0%
  • Alpine Strawberry (FLV): 0.75%
  • WS-23: 0.25%

Learning: This recipe marked my best attempt at a grapefruit flavor. The old-school DIYers were right; Medicine Flower's Grapefruit was the best on the market, albeit prohibitively expensive and tricky to work with. It came as a strong alcohol-based flavor that I diluted with PG to a workable 20% strength. Even then, at just 1.0%, it was potent but beautifully authentic. I mixed it with Alpine Strawberry to sweeten the bitter notes, hoping to transform it into a juicy, ruby red grapefruit sprinkled with coarse sugar. Although promising, the high cost made me rethink its viability for a wider audience.

Test Flavor: TANPL Redux

  • Fizzy Strawberry (PUR): 2.0%
  • Shisha Strawberry (VT): 2.0%
  • Strawberry Harvest (Jungle Flavors): 1.5%
  • Mandarin (FA): 1.5%
  • Summertime Lemonade (WF): 2.0%
  • Lemon (Flavor's Express): 0.5%
  • Alpine Strawberry (FLV): 0.25%
  • Super Sweet (CAP): 0.5%

Reflections: Honestly, I can't remember what TANPL stood for, and I disliked the original so much I deleted it! But, the "Redux" version survived by sheer luck. Frustrated with previous iterations, I kept tweaking, throwing everything I could think of into the mix. PUR's Fizzy Strawberry was a standout, enhancing the Shisha Strawberry with a burst of fresh fruitiness. However, I had to drop WF's Summertime Lemonade because it kept burning out Caliburn pods—a real shame since it tasted so good.

Behold, Country Summer!

After countless experiments and discoveries, Country Summer emerged as a blend that truly captures the essence of a blissful, sunny day. It's named after a yearly country festival that's held here in Sonoma County.

Sourcing Ingredients: Fizzy Strawberry from Purilum has become a rare find since Bull City stopped stocking it. Fortunately, I have a good supply on hand, and I've also discovered a vendor in Canada, as well as European suppliers like NomNomz, who still carry it. Most of the other ingredients should be readily available through Bull City.

Special Offer: If you're looking to try out Fizzy Strawberry, I can help you get it for less than what you might pay at other stores. Just let me know, and I can arrange to send some your way. You can reach me via e-mail (john at tbdliquids.com) or via my supporter page that I link at the bottom of all of my recipes.

Remembering the Launch:

We introduced Country Summer as our mystery flavor during the 4th of July Sale in 2020. It was part of the hype surrounding the Free Caliburn "Freedom" bundles. True to its name, Country Summer was the perfect flavor to celebrate the weekend, embodying the spirit of freedom and festivity.

After being forced by the FDA to close my small business last year, I now share my recipes openly, relying on the kindness of supporters to sustain my craft. If you've enjoyed my creations, consider buying me a $3 coffee. Your generosity enables me to continue sharing recipes freely while offering early access to new creations and exclusive DIY content through my supporter page. Thank you for being a part of this journey! 😊


COPYRIGHT: This recipe is the property of TBDjohn and has been released under the CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. You may not copy, derive or commercialize this recipe without following the terms of this license or the explicit permission of the creator.

Flavoring Ingredients

VendorName%Actions
CAPFizz Pop 1
CAPSuper Sweet 0.5
FLVAlpine Strawberry 1
FATanger (mandarin) 3
INWShisha Strawberry 4
OTHRWS-23 0.15
PURFizzy Strawberry 3
Conditioning Time: 0 Days Total Flavor:12.65%

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