This is an attempt at recreating Ricola Dual Action cough drops in vape form.
“Our unique blend of ten natural Swiss alpine herbs, natural menthol, and soothing syrup center, combine to give you fast, safe relief you can trust”
If you haven’t had these cough drops, the sweet honey-lemon outer-shell tastily gives way to an intense mentholated, soothing herbal syrup center.
I am obviously not using ten different herb concentrates here, but I don’t find all of them necessary to impart the flavor of the product here. A few of them listed in the ingredients list of the drops are probably there for their medicinal properties.
Instead, I’m just going to include the ones responsible for pushing that signature Ricola herbal flavor.
Props to u/CheebaSteeba for giving me a good start for my recipe with his Lemon Cough Drop mix.
INW Eucalyptus With Mint:
Eucalyptus is not an included ingredient in Ricola drops. However, it’s scent is still a dead ringer for them, and we know how well a fit this flavor is for vaping when you are under the weather. It’s cooling properties are also a plus, here.
JF Juicy Lemon:
You can’t have lemon cough drops without the lemon, and this one fits the mold perfectly.
FLV Honey Bee:
The perfect honey flavor for this recipe. This is not generic supermarket honey that has had all of its beneficial florals removed. This is more akin to raw honey straight from a hive. This is a very strong flavor so we only want to use a bit of it, but it also needs a few days to mellow out. I actually prefer it without a steep.
One of the ingredients in Ricola’s herbal blend. Imparts the anise flavor to the recipe.
While not the best Elderflower flavor as far as authenticity goes, it works fine enough as a floral for its use in the mix.
A strawberry chewy candy born of an otherworldly realm.
This recipe uses JF Pink Burst as its base. Its the first time I've used the flavor in a mix. Nothing too out of the ordinary in regards to flavors other than that.
JF Pink Burst @ 3.0%: PB is only decent on its own in regards to its strawberry notes. It is definitely useful for the chewy candy texture it brings to the table, though. Adding a small amount of JF Juicy Lemon adds a tiny bit of sweetness/wetness to the candy profile so we don't have to use sweetener. CAP Jelly Candy is a flavor I add to any candy type profile I'm going for, regardless of whether I'm specifically looking for "jelly candy" or not.
JF Sweet Strawberry @ 2.0%: This is a candy recipe, so I didn't want to choose a fresh strawberry flavor. Sweet Strawberry is perfect for this, as its candy-like on its own, and brings its own sweetness into the fold.
TPA Marshmallow @ 1.0%: Using this for more added sweetness and for a bit of body.
This is a clone of Bombies Black Out City, described as a Limoncello, Blueberry and Menthol. My version uses Polar Blast as a cooling agent, instead of menthol. I believe it highlights the lemon and the blueberry better, while still giving the mix an icy profile. Perfectly fine as a shake and vape, though due to the higher amount of Lemon Sicily used, can benefit from a day or two of steeping.
I wanted to create something fresh for the summertime with this one. I decided to start with the base flavor of Raspberry and work with some of its flavor affinities. Enter CAP Lemon Lime, a flavor I've had for awhile but have barely used. That's going to change now. It gives the mix a very nice juicy citrus profile. More lime than lemon with that flavor, but for its place in this recipe, that's a good thing. I decided to go with a third affinity for Raspberry, and that is Blackcurrant. FA Blackcurrant, in my opinion is the one and only Blackcurrant flavor you'll ever need. It also serves to deepen the Raspberry. Depending on how fresh your bottle of Lemon-Lime is, due to the alcohol, this is good as a SnV or overnight steep.
A blooming mildly strawberry mix with a hint of bright citrus,
FA Bilberry - This is the same percentage used in my blueberry trinity base. Its used to bring some fleshy fruit and a bit of tartness into the mix.
INW Cactus - Using this at the lowest possible amount in order to use its properties (wet, juicy and bright) instead of that cactus flavor that can sometimes overpower a mix without a few days steep.
TPA Hibiscus - This is the floral I just happen to have on hand so this is what I wanted to work with. Multiple notes on ELR reference it easily overpowering a mix or becoming perfumey, but after multiple tests I'm finding the other flavors in a mix burying it. Either that or it transforms the flavor into something I was not looking for. Here at 3%, it makes the mix "bloom" into something that immediately makes me think of standing in a field of ripe strawberries and wildflowers, with a slight spring breeze blowing through.
INW Lemon Mix - This is a very neat flavor. I'm just beginning to experiment with it. Its a like mix of fresh lemons and grapefruit rind. You definitely have to take into account the grapefruit. Using this in a recipe that is based around a Lemon profile does not always work. Sometimes I even seem to get a biting mint flavor out of it. I'm using this at a low enough percentage to bring both of those into the mix without killing it, which can happen with INW flavors.
FA Red Touch - Another flavor that I have recently found to have its perfect place here (Thanks to Strap-On ala u/ID10-T). Its a fresh strawberry, and depending on the recipe, I enjoy it better than TFA Strawberry Ripe.
Delicious, creamy spoonfuls of Strawberry 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 my go-to combo of TPA Strawberry Ripe and JF Sweet Strawberry to achieve my desired fresh, but just sweet enough strawberries. Give the mix two weeks to fully steep.