A bold passion fruit & vanilla martini.
Based on the (im)famous Pornstar Martini created by Douglas Ankrah of the famous Lab Bar in London with some local (South African) roots. The cocktail was apparently inspired by a drink Ankrah tried at a “louche gentlemen’s club” called Mavericks while visiting Cape Town in South Africa in 2002.
Ankrah wanted to create a drink that was “bold, sexy and playful”. “The drink is very evocative and tantalizing. He called it Pornstar because he thought it was something that a pornstar would drink!
FA Passion remains the king of passion fruit despite various johnny-come-lately's. It is simply pure, unadulterated passion fruit bliss.
VT Yellow Passion bolsters FA but adding a touch of body & oomph to the passion fruit layer without distraction.
Like FA Passion, INW Shisha Vanilla reigns supreme in this highly contested flavour category. I have NEVER pushed it this high but needed it to punch through the astringency of the passion fruit. At 2.5% it delivers a delightful vanilla layer, complimenting the passion fruit beautifully.
Citrus soda is used sparklingly to replicate the delicate martini vibe.
Sweeten & cool to taste.
My entry for the #CCMixingChallenge South Africa
A delectable sherbet centered blackcurrant lollipop to keep you licking & licking...
FA Blackcurrant is uber realistic and nails a fresh, juicy blackcurrant masterfully. The earthy notes make this beauty stand out form the also-rans.
CAP Sweet Currant brings some sweetness and vibrancy while keeping to the authentic "greenness" of the fruit.
Candy Roll is a magnificent "clean' candy used to anchor the fruit & provide the the sweet goodness of a conventional lollipop.
A slight sherbet layer compliments of Fizzy Sherbet completes our delightful licker....
Fresh banana & butterscotch topped with a dollop of fresh cream & chocolate shavings.
This is a deceptively simple recipe which packs a wallop of flavor! A simple combo of classic flavors recreates the childhood treat of banana with butterscotch and cream.
Flv Banana is a creamy, natural, ripe banana which permeates through the vape without trying to be the boss. The banana will eagerly accept the lashings of goodness about to be bestowed on it as it knows it needs a little help to shine.
The butterscotch & cream combo is a fabulously rich and decadent topping which provides a luxurious & classic flavor combo.
FLV Acai is the secret ingredient here & plays a couple of roles. This mysterious berry is the fruit of the Acai palm tree and its flavor profile is a cross between blackberry, raspberry and chocolate. The inherent tartness and realistic, rich, berry flavour enhances the relatively linear banana, balancing the sweetness.
The chocolate shavings comes from the acai berry’s natural cocoa characteristics & provides a rich, natural chocolate note
Gibe this baby 5 days or so to fully develop & enjoy!
The Floradora is a classic cocktail that you might not know, but you should know because it is a truly fabulous (and rather sexy) gin drink. It is semi-sweet, tall, refreshing, and beautifully pink. One might even call the Floradora the "original girly drink."
The cocktail was named after the first Broadway musical hit comedy of the same name in the early 1900s. The name was originally spelled "Florodora" following the show name and the cocktail was a hit among New York's high society up through the 1950s.
Originally, the drink was made with raspberry syrup, but now uses framboise liqueur (raspberry-flavored) almost exclusively. There are a number of raspberry liqueurs available with Chambord (black raspberry) being the most common poured into today's Floradora cocktails.
FA Gin is an uber realistic gin which perfectly encapsulates that familiar and distinct juniper flavor. This is the main flavor note of the cocktail and pulls through beautifully without overpowering.
The raspberry combo has been my go-to for years and just works so well here. Authentic, slightly tart and semi sweet raspberry goodness.
TPA Ginger ale can be a bitch but used low, it provides just the right amount of a ginger ale vibe without annihilating the rest of the ingredients.
A wedge of lemon and handful of ice tops of our cocktail perfectly.
A deliciously rich & creamy caramel coffee shake.
This is a light coffee shake crammed with caramel & toffee goodness!
Cafe Napoleon has been a staple in my stash for years = a light, caramel infused, milky coffee reminiscent of a cafe latte. The coffee note is (purposefully) feint & very well placed within the mix. No skunky coffee vibes here... Can be replaced with the new FRENCH CAFE NAPOLEON V2 at the same %.
VT Toffee Ice Cream is just glorious! A moderately rich ice cream with just enough vanilla & dark caramel to add a dense, buttery shake.
HS Caramel toffee adds a further deep caramel & sticky toffee layer, sending this baby to nirvana.
Add 0.5% VT Arabica Coffee to boost the coffee note.
Give this baby 5 days and she's ready to pop...
A simple coconut cookie spiked with fresh blood orange.
INW Coconut cookies & INW Cheesecake is a match made in heaven... Adapted from my Caramel Cheesecake base, I pushed the Coconut Cookies a little higher to produce a delectable, fresh coconut cookie. Both these ingredients are just sublime and when combined, are magnificent! This pairing fuses the best characteristics of each flavor to produce a light & crisp vanilla flavored coconut cookie accentuated with the rich & creamy notes of INW Cheesecake to produce a mind blowing cookie.
FW Blood Orange is (still) the undisputed king of oranges - a somewhat bitter, slightly sweet, blood orange with a hint of grapefruit. It sits unassumingly in the background and does not dominate the cookie base in the least. Feel free to increase to 2% if you prefer a more prominent blood orange presence.
Give this baby 3 to 5 days to settle and enjoy!
A delectable, rich & smooth caramel & toffee infusion...
I set out to create a toffee and caramel forward custard infused with slight notes of tobacco. Versions included the FLV Red Burley & Kentucky Blend but it distracted form the main profile, so I omitted them for this version.
There is not much to say about the undisputed kings of caramel RY4's other than it is just superb as a preambulatory 'tobacco' for novice and veteran mixers alike. Adding delectable, but subtle, caramel infused RY4 note, it lays the foundation masterfully. This work well with V2 at 8%.
I'm using my go to caramel/toffee combo in HS Caramel Toffee & VT English Toffee. A thick and creamy caramel toffee which adds adds oodles of sweetness & richness with no butyric vibes.
My faithful custard adds a rich & creamy custard and is fortified with a shot of vanilla, compliments of INW Shisha Vanilla.
Feel free to add .75 FLV Red Burley to increase the tobacco notes.
Give this baby 5 days or do to mingle & enjoy!
A deeply delicious strawberry milk.
I have NEVER released a strawberry milk and thought that I would never see the day... However, the lockdown does strange things to one and this is the result after mixing the missus her usual strawberry cream... This is a self indulgent thick and creamy strawberry milk which was inspired by combining the best bits of my favorite strawberry milks and adding my own spin on 'em.
Each strawberry plays its own role here and, combined, delivers a wonderfully sweet & flavourful strawberry base while delivering a semblance of mouth feel - compliments of WF Strawberry Gummy Candy. I realise that 3 strawberries may seem excessive but this threesome has proven me wrong. Used sparingly, I have coaxed just the correct amount of flavour out of these babies to deliver the ultimate strawberry milk strawberry.
VT Vanilla Cream has been a revelation in the mixing scene and for good reason... This voluptuous, creamy beauty is laced with fresh vanilla and is just sublime in any creamy base. Combined with FA Milk and a touch of meringue, it is catapulted to greatness...
The sugar cookie adds that little bit of familiarity and prevents the recipe of being linear - the slightest bit of cookie flavour just elevates it perfectly.
This baby is ready after 3 days or so.
A gin martini infused with fresh raspberries.
FLV Juniper Gin: The resinous, piney flavour, inherent to the Juniper berry, is wonderfully balanced by citrus peel and a smidgen of spiciness from freshly ground peppercorns. There is a wondrous boozy element to the flavour which rounds the profile off expertly. The 'booziness' is not overwhelming in the least but rather augments the authenticity & overall Gin experience.
The raspberry combo is my go-to combo and just works so well together to provide a sharp, authentic raspberry note to elegantly infuse the gin.
The blood orange is there to provide a gentle spritz of orange, barely noticeable but adding to the overall experience...
Give this baby 2 days and she’s ready...
Smooth almonds coated with sticky caramel toffee.
FA Almond is the undisputed king of almonds and sits proudly as the chieftain here. It fulfills the role of nut (duh) but more importantly, it adds a delicious creaminess and in doing so, blends seamlessly with the toffee to create a fabulously thick and creamy toffee.
FW Hazelnut boosts the nuttiness a tad and assists further with the overall, nutty, creamy feel.
Caramel Toffee and English toffee has been my go-to caramel/toffee flavour for quite some time now and is just a phenomenal combo. It’s versatility is boundless and this is my maiden voyage by using it with a nut base. It does a splendid job in creating a thick and creamy toffee with zero off notes.
This baby needs 5 days to come together and will just improve with a longer steep.