You know those cinnamon apple side dishes you get at rib joints, or in your sad microwave Hungry Man dinners?
PUR Country Apple is a plain baked apple. Adding a little FLV Apple Filling takes it from plain to subtly cinnamon-spiced. But what's still missing is all the goopy sweet stuff that's really the best part. The Apple Filling has a lot of that all by itself, and a touch of sweetener goes a long way to finishing it. But a little pat of butter is still missing. VT Golden Syrup instead of sweetner brings the sticky sweet and a just-right hint of buttery goodness in one. Overnight steep.
It's a shake and vape Cranberry Sprite that's as easy as 1, 2, 3.
A little less FLV Cranberry and a touch of some kind of sweetner could make this more authentic, if you're just dying for a super authentic Cranberry Sprite vape. Some WS-23 or Polar Blast would probably make it more refreshing, too. But I like it just the way it is.
It's orange Jello with shredded carrot and pineapple tidbits in it. Kickin it 1950s housewife style with this one.
This one's a bit of a childhood nostalgia trip for me. I've seen culinary recipes for this posted as "pineapple carrot orange gelatin salad" and "sunshine salad," but in my family, it has always been known semi-affectionately as "Granny's Carrot Crap." It's more common to see this made with lemon Jello, but my Granny uses the orange Jello and I'm still fond of the pairing of orange and carrot in food. Try some fresh orange zest on honey-roasted baby carrots, for example.
FLV Carrot tastes great, but it's 100% a raw carrot. Good luck turning that into a cooked carrot. Not saying it can't be done, but it won't be easy. And putting that into some kind of carrot cake profile? No.
Here, I just embrace the rawness. I like it raw.
CAP Golden Pineapple is pineapple tidbits. INW Shisha Orange was cooperative when it came to being turned into orange Jello, unlike a couple of other oranges I tried. It's not a very realistic orange. It's been described as an "Italian soda syrup" orange and that description works for me. A little bit of CAP Jelly Candy gives it that gelatinous flavor and TFA Whipped Cream fills it out, rounds it off, and holds it all together. Don't sub CAP Super Sweet or some other all-sucralose sweetener for the TFA Sweetener. The maltol in it is part of the Jello. If I had to recommend a 1:1 substitution to someone who doesn't have TFA Sweetener, I'd suggest TFA Strawberry Ripe over a different sweetener.
It's a dark, sweet cherry with a splash of vanilla almond milk.
You do NOT need to purchase FA Milk to make this. FA Cream Fresh makes a good 1:1 sub. Or try CAP Sweet Cream as a 1:1 sub. Or use OoO Cream Milky 1.5% or TFA Sweet Cream 1% instead of 2%. If you don't have TFA Vanilla Swirl, first of all, what's wrong with you? Second, try your favorite creamy vanilla. It's really not important, just use whatever you think will splash this cherry with a lightly vanilla'ed vanilla milk. 1% INW Shisha Vanilla would probably be good.
TFA Cherry Extract/WF Black Cherry Jelly Bean/INW Marzipan are the non-negotiable components of a dark, sweet natural cherry. TFA Cherry Extract is pretty much the cherry version of TFA Blueberry Extra. I think you have to suffer through at least half a dozen nightmarish cherries to appreciate that as a very good thing. It's a darker, natural-type cherry, nothing like a bright red cherry candy. It's a pretty weak concentrate both in terms of standalone strength and getting bullied in a mix. It suffers from an almost overwhelming mediocrity, in that it is neither sweet nor tart. It's flat and thin and has no texture to speak of. But it also lacks the horrific off-notes characteristic of many cherry flavors, and in a world of idiots, the average man is king.
WF Blackcherry Jelly Bean SC is one of those idiots. Down real low you get just a tease from a nice sweet black cherry candy flavor. You want more. You add more. Makes sense right? Nope. Nightmare plastic flavor and some harshness to boot. Here I just use a touch of it to push that cherry extract to be a sweeter, darker, bolder cherry. Goodbye mediocrity! If you're not as sensitive to it as I am, you can definitely bump it up to 0.5%. I tried that, liked it, just prefer the 0.25% version a little more, 0.5% is starting to get just a hair candied for what I was going for. INW Marzipan has always tasted more like cherry extract than anything else to me. It's thick and creamy and a tiny amount of it gives that thin TFA Cherry Extract some meat. The hint of amaretto-like almond it brings along just completes the milk. It's a strong flavor, but it can also be bumped up (or accidentally overdripped) to 0.5% without ruining the mix.
This is not a well-tested, carefully refined recipe like the kind I usually share. I'm throwing this out here with just an overnight steep after comparing several slightly different batches using the same ingredients. It probably gets even better over time? Unless Vanilla Swirl mutes it all to hell. I won't make a habit of this. My ATF recipes are not LIVE MIXING. So, why the rush this time? Just wanted to share one idea of what to do with TFA Cherry Extract with anyone who might have noted that Bull City Flavors now carries it and decided to pick some up. We'll cover that cherry and many more cough syrup...er.... cherry flavors on NOTED on the DIYorDIE Youtube channel Monday night, 1/22/18, at 11 p.m. Eastern.
Thanks your your help with this one and with so many other things @DigitalDrops!
A grape cigarillo
I stole the base of this recipe from 25 Bucks by @ConcreteRiver, swapped the raspberry for the best grape for the job, cut the Burley back for less of a rich nutty tobacco, and loaded it up with Cured for more of a generic little cigar flavor. If you're looking for something like a Swisher Sweet, this base will make a great start. Just swap the grape for a different fruit or other flavor or your choice and rebalance it as needed.
I've been working an a 1:1 clone of "Milk of the Poppy" by Blue Dot Vapors for months and still haven't nailed it down. This doesn't have any ingredients in common with that. Instead, it's a complete reimagining of the same profile as an all-Inawera recipe instead of what I very strongly suspect is an all-Capella concoction. It's a sweet vanilla custard topped with sweet strawberry, dragonfruit flavor that comes in second to the strawberry but isn't just a subtle amount, and a lil hint of sweet citrus. So all of these ingredients speak for themselves except the Cherimoya, which is used to tie the fruits and custard together.
The trouble with trying to clone Milk of the Poppy is that each version needs to steep for a month before testing. This remix, however, only needs to rest overnight. Also unlike actual Blue Dot Milk of the Poppy and my way- to slightly-off clone attempts, I think I might be addicted to it.
If you don't have INW Shisha Orange, don't buy it just for this. Instead, try an equal amount of FA, FW, or FLV Blood Orange, CAP Sweet Tangerine, TFA Orange Cream, FE Sweet Orange (my favorite), or any other tangerine or orange flavor you happen to have on hand. Anything to give it just the slightest hint of orange.
Though typically a summer drink or brunch alternative, these are especially good for a little hair of the dog the morning after that office Christmas party that gets out of hand.
A cool glass of half hoppy homebrew and half fresh OJ. Like a mimosa, but for men. A man-mosa, if you will.
FLV Morning Mimosa's fermented orange "prison wine" flavor is what inspired this. Yakima Hops is an obvious choice, a one-of-a-kind flavor without which this would not be possible. Thank you, Flavorah, for blessing us with the Hops. FA Royal Orange is one of my favorite orange flavors and it worked better here than FW Blood Orange (too bitter), FE Sweet Orange (too sweet), and FA Blood Orange (too earthy). For the yeasty wheat breadyness of beer, FLV Lemba's Bread worked best to tie it all together. RF Baked Bread combined with Morning Mimosa was nasty hooch. And FLV Wheat turned this into barf-tastic bitter raw orange bread dough. Maybe a dilution-level amount of FLV's Sweet Dough or Fried Dough would have worked, but I didn't want to be stuck hate-vaping failed versions involving either of those, so I never attempted to use them here. From past experiences, I knew better than to even consider FA Joy. TFA Orange Cream is the reason why this thing needs the 10-day steep. That flavor takes its time getting where it's going but once it gets there, hoo boy, totally worth the wait. It rounds out the orange flavors and gives the tiny bit of frothy head on top of this Orange Shandy. WS-23, use to taste, or even leave it out. Personally, I don't care for warm beer or room temp OJ. But I also didn't want the nuances here covered up by cooling FX, so I like it at 0.3%, way down from my usual 0.75% that I'd use for an icy cold vape.
A rich, dark chocolate RY4
I love Cardinal by @Fear. I could vape it every day. Not all day, but I'd be perfectly happy to wake up to a tank filled with Cardinal every morning. One of the things I love about that simple, three ingredient recipe is all of its nuances and complexities. One of those is chocolate, something about the combination of Red Burley and the subtle coffee notes in Holy Holy Grail vaguely remind me of delicious dark chocolate. This is outlining that blurry corner of the surveillance video in which chocolate makes an appearance and hitting ENHANCE. Add some sweet FLV Milk Chocolate, but not too much, we don't want Hershey's syrup here. ENHANCE. HS Australian Chocolate, there's that dark chocolate, but not too much, we don't want it too nutty. ENHANCE. BF Chocolate Truffle, but not too much, we don't want to want it too dry. Mmmmm. There it is. Satisfaction.
Shake & Vape certified, even better after two weeks.
Everyone knows a Martini is gin (FA Gin) and vermouth (FW Martini + FA Bitter Wizard) that usually has an olive in it.
Did you know a Dirty Martini is a martini that also has olive brine in it?
A Pickletini is similar, but uses pickle brine.
A Gibson is a martini with a cocktail onion instead of an olive.
OoO Pickle is a pickle flavor with an odd oniony note.
Ergo, Pickle Gibson.
Shaken, not stirred, with WS-23. Garnish with a twist of INW Lemon Mix and an FLV Basil leaf. Cheers!
Big thanks to @Tamberina for encouraging words after trying an unfinished version of this, @ConcreteRiver for pointing me in the direction of FW Martini and helping to finalize the recipe, and @MattDGTL for turning Mr. Gibson into a Pickle.