Time for an origin story! Everyone has defining moments in their lives: learning to ride a bike without training wheels, a first love, a first heartbreak, graduating from college, a first child, experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs, etc. I would like to take this opportunity to share one of my defining moments as a mixer with ATF. One night, early December 2015, I was laying in bed and thinking about my concentrates (as is good and proper) and an idea to introduce INW Cactus to INW Grapefruit emerged out of wherever-the-fuck-ideas-come-from. I desired to push Cactus, so I chose 2% and a host of complimentary citrus flavors stepped forward and offered themselves to the cause. I was impelled to get immediately out of bed and rush to the kitchen so that I could put it together. After careful mixing, I anxiously shook what could be a dream or a nightmare come true. I stood, I dripped, I inhaled, I exhaled, and I just about died in ecstasy. After coming to the realization that I had truly connected with the most magical concentrate on the planet, I labeled the bottle 'Cactus Coitus.'
[INW Cactus/Grapefruit] - Main events. You won't get aloe or soap because of how Grapefruit asserts itself.
[Pineapple/Lemon Sicily/ Lime Tahity CP/ Mad Mix/ Tangerine] - Citrus mix to compliment the main pairing. I'm sure there is wiggle room for some substitutions here, but I have never desired to try. Mess with these and let me know how it works! Balance is key.
[CAP Sweet Mango/Sweet Strawberry] - These are flavors acting as sweeteners and serve to round the out some of the sharper elements that can show up in a citrus mix.
Shake and vape? Hell yeah.
Pear and Papaya make a pretty interesting and tasty combo. 1-3 days cure time for this one. More recipe notes over in the September recipe thread on r/DIYejuice.
Update: This ages nicely and gets sweeter over time.
Needs a week steep to properly shape up and smooth out. The idea here was to have cantaloupe inform mango with some creaminess among a simply delicious KB/TM combo. Add a bit of FLV cream or FA Fresh Cream if you want more of a creamy texture. Some TFA Vanilla Swirl would be pretty good here as well.
Sour apple with that jolly rancher style watermelon from Lorann makes for a ridiculously addictive shake and vape. I blew through my first bottle so fast that I almost forgot that I made it because I was immersed in other projects. I'm glad I decided to circle back to it a few weeks later because I feel this is too good to not share.
This mix has Green Apple smacking you in the face in the best way possible as it introduces itself to you before leaving you with a smooth, sweet banana/strawberry combo and a lingering apple that beckons you back. No steep time required, but it does hang together better after 3 days.
Adjust strawberry if you feel like it, but I like it here. For more banana, try adding FA Banana @ 1-1.5%
Honeysuckle, of course, is the very top note here. Blueberry and blackberry do a magical wood sprite dance in the background, where the background is a meadow illuminated by fireflies looking for a date. Its a warm summer evening where the air is sweet with libidinous anticipation and it is time to gather around the fire.
I included bilberry to add some musky aspects of that ever-so-sweet FW blueberry. The pear is present to help smooth the whole thing out (don't get me wrong, it still has a bit of a bite though and that is quite okay). The cactus is added to juice it all up a bit more (just as the right amount of booze can provide the right amount of lubrication for summer evening socialization). Plan the event a week in advance and the stars should align to gather this group. Just come prepared to have a good time and go with the flow!
Cactus and pear in a fruity cream custard...lol wut?!
Intense fruit flavor throughout
This is designed to be a proof of concept: Cactus can be a main flavor in a creamy custard vape. As such, change the specifics however you wish.
Give it 7-10 days to sink in that you actually decided to give this a try, evaluate your life's decisions, and enjoy before forgetting all of that nonsense.