Submitted to Mixers Club for the month of February 2021: Duets.
What better way to represent this theme than to pay tribute to two of my long time best friends in this community.
This was a total shot in the dark here as I wasn't sure how these two would meld together. These two recipes on their own are outstanding. Two of my favorite recipes, DAAPled Pears by u/FomentLife and Sunshine State by u/eyemakepizza were smashed together to create a delicious union of citrus fruits and mouth-shattering cream. I left out the pear in Foment's mix and only utilized the brilliant creamy base. Sunshine State was used at its fullest here, with no changes. As I vape this, my mind wanders to a strange real-life version of fresh citrus sherbet bathed in a rich vanilla cream. Give this the full week to come together.
A unique take on an old profile, 60 Hz is a syrupy strawberry custard with the kiss of sweet honey.
Strawberry mutes rejoice (I'm not one of them, but I wanted this recipe to be accessible). The three strawberries here should, in theory, present themselves to even those who have a hard time detecting strawberry in mixes. FLV Alpine Strawberry, WF Strawberry (Baked), and JF Sweet Strawberry bring a deep, dark strawberry to the fold. Strawberry (Baked), with its honey backend also serves as the secret ingredient in the mix.
TPA Vanilla Custard II is a fantastic new-ish vanilla custard. It rivals the boring ass original TPA Vanilla Custard with more body....well more everything. CAP NYC is in here to bolster that creaminess. It serves a place in almost all creamy/custard mixes. FLV Rich Cinnamon morphs the custard with a slight spicy warmness.
Let this one steep a couple weeks. The honey takes the forefront and kills the custard notes until then.
A clone of one of my favorite vendor juices from before my DIY days. From the long defunct Cloud Pusher Labs comes Lateralus. This was a very straightforward papaya, orange, menthol mix. I went with one of my preferred Orange combos here, FW Blood Orange and CAP Sweet Tangerine. There's not much I can explain in detail about this one, its a simple, yet refreshing mix.
There's an easter egg in the recipe, try and find it!
Delicious, creamy spoonfuls of Peach Yogurt. FW Yogurt, CAP Creamy Yogurt and FA Madagascar Vanilla provide the backbone for a perfect yogurt base here. Feel free to change the fruit up in the recipe. In fact, I encourage you to experiment and come up with some wonderful versions of the yogurt. Here, I used INW Peach for a great Peach flavor at a low concentration. Give the mix two weeks to fully steep.
A most excellent sweet, yet tart wild berry candy mix. Forest Mix provides the backbone of the fruit profile.
Bumbleberry layers even more tasty mixed fruits into the mix, along with its wanted candy notes.
Raspberry Sweet is used as another artificial fruit in the recipe.
Sour Ball Candy is such a great additive and lives up to its name. One of favorite newer flavors to play around with.
I added a tiny bit of WS-23 as an afterthought, and I personally like it in there. Feel free to leave it out, though.
I started out with an idea of an Alien franchise inspired mix. Originally I thought Nostromo would be a fitting name, but was left not really feeling the inspiration. Then Xenomorph came into play. For those not familiar, those are the adult form of the creatures in the films.
This is a fizzy, lime soda with just that touch of Ginger Ale to give it a push.
It was easy where I had to go with this then. Xenomorphs have green, acidic blood. So Lime was a given. And I knew I wanted it to be an in your face, intense recipe.
I originally chose VT Shisha Lime and FA Aurora as my base, but it seemed that Aurora was smoothing out the lime too much and that is not what I wanted. With a second opinion from u/FomentLife, I decided to scrap Aurora and add FA Lime Tahity Distilled to get some wonderful zest going in the mix.
u/Staybert found success with FLV Citrus Soda in his Citrasberry recipe, and I knew right away it belonged here.
u/OdieDoodah gave me the suggestion of TFA Ginger Ale to add an extra level to the "blood".
CAP Hibiscus brings some syrupy goodness into the fold.
This came together in an AHA! moment and I'm quite pleased with the results.