It's a danish, with a marzipan filling, light icing, and slivered almonds. My 100% S&V take on a bakery ADV.
FA Catalan Cream- This concentrate really does pull the recipe together. It adds a bit of creaminess, to keep the pastry from reading as too dry. It also lends a subtle spice note to the entire vape, with a hint of bakery cinnamon and nutmeg. The vanilla helps to build the base for the icing.
FA Hazelnut- Not a creamy flavor, more like nearly raw unshelled hazelnuts. It's a strong concentrate, but at .25% it brings in just enough flavor and texture to simulate actual slivered almonds.
INW Marzipan- The almond paste filling for the pastry. Sweet, heavy with that almond-extract bordering on cherry flavor. The sweetness here, even at .5%, is enough to carry over and work with the catalan cream and zeppola to create a light icing for the danish.
FW Whiskey- This adds some warmth to the vape, reinforcing the bakery aspect. The oak notes help to bolster the spices from the catalan cream.
FA Zeppola- Fairly light at .75%, but with enough powdered sugar on top to sweeten up that icing as well as provide a lighter pastry base.
And that's it. I feel like this addresses some of the issues I've had with bakery vapes. It's balanced, letting each component do it's work without turning muddled or cloying.
I went with "Dogma" in reference to the Dogme 95 rules for filmmaking. 1. They're danish and I didn't have a better name, and 2. I think in developing this recipe I finally internalized the fact that I've become some kind of weird jerk when it comes to the way I think mixing should work. I'm the Lars Von Trier of the mixing game.
A S&V dark chocolate and raspberry milkshake. With valentines day coming up, this is a darker play on a sweetheart shake. The original is a bit of a sugar bomb, especially with the whipped cream on top. I wanted to really push that dark chocolate to front, and bring in a fruit syrup that was tarter and darker than the original cherry.
CAP Vanilla Bean Ice Cream- The ice cream base for the milkshake. I needed some fairly rich ice cream, both to hit the profile and to help carry the drier FA Cocoa. I've went with CAP because TFA's VBIC has that black pepper note and some dryness that needs to steep out. 3% was enough to get a fuller, richer ice cream flavor without getting too dense.
TFA Bavarian Cream- Thicker cream notes, heavy body, and most importantly works as a S&V. At 2%, without steeping, that nutty off-flavor works as a stand-in for the malty notes you'd expect from a milkshake. The volume and sweetness gives you some of what you'd get from using a separate marshmallow concentrate or a whipped cream to top the shake.
FA Cocoa- Dark cocoa powder that works as a S&V. 1.25% gives a punch of dark chocolate. The richness of the milkshake base fills the cocoa out and works to counteract any of the chalky texture you get can get from a drier chocolate concentrate.
FW Razzleberry- Bright, syrupy, raspberry with just a bit of darker blackberry flavor. Almost a "maraschino" raspberry flavor, Not floral, so works well without a steep. Stands in for a raspberry syrup added into the milkshake before blending.
And that's it. My S&V milkshake. Like all the other rounds, the true challenge here is in the restrictions. I felt like the S&V restriction was the biggest design challenge, although keeping a full milkshake flavor down to 4 concentrates also presents some issues. It was all about watching out for those unsteeped off-notes from dairy concentrates, while trying to build that milkshake base as simply as possible so I had some space to create an engaging flavor.
I mixed at 70% VG / 30% PG, with 1.5mg nic, but follow your heart. Works fine at 60/40.
Originally submitted to and workshopped in the Reddit Mixer's Club.
A pretty straightforward take on a French 75 cocktail. Just brandy, champagne, and a lemon twist. Legend has it the cocktail was developed during World War I at the New York Bar in Paris. It was named after the 75mm cannons that France was using against the hun, presumably because it got you fairly well wrekt. The drink itself is usually chilled but I think the brandy note here is nice and toasty. If you ever stumble across one of these in real life it'll definitely warm you up at some point before you black out.
FA Brandy, FA Liquid Amber-
The base spirit here is Brandy, so I've went with FA Brandy. I like it quite a bit, it's a fairly deep flavor, with some booziness and deep grape/raisin/fig kind of fermented fruit notes. This being a cocktail, the Liquid Amber is here to just further booze this up. At .25% it just reinforces the fermented character of the Brandy.
FW Pink Champagne-
I've used FW Pink Champagne because I think it gives the clearest carbonation out of any of the sparkling wine type concentrates. 2.5% is relatively weak for this, but it does bring out some nice sparkle and some mineral notes. Pink Champagne has a definite grape juice tinge to it, but that seems to work okay if your base spirit is also grape based.
JF Juicy Lemon, FA Aurora-
Our citrus twist. Both used down low to avoid making a brandy lemonade out of the entire thing. Juicy Lemon is fairly sweet, and works a little bit like a triple sec here, while the aurora has some fresher peel notes and reinforces the carbonation.
Just a touch to bring that chilled cocktail mouth effect. I like it relatively low, but this can obviously be adjusted to taste.
The king of all chewy candy, the semi-elusive Mango Hi-Chew. The candy itself is just as much about texture as flavor, as it manages to be the sweet spot between something juicy and sweet like a starburst and chewy and substantial like taffy. I tried to replicate that at best as I could in vape form.
The fruit flavor here comes primarily from CAP Sweet Mango. The concentrate has a really soft, almost buttery overripe kind of mango quality that manages to be thick enough it's almost chewy. It's lacking most of the brightness and acidity you expect from a mango flavor, and it gets super weird at higher percentages so I had to build my juice around the level of mango flavor I could get without dragging up all those buttery earth notes that CAP Sweet Mango can get when it's overdone.
In my experience, peach and mango candy flavors are fairly similar, and I've used a a small percentage of a juicy peach to add some spark to the sweet mango without making it taste like a peach candy. CAP Juicy Peach has slightly less throat hit than TFA, and adds some of the acid and wetness to match the actual fruit flavor in the hi-chew. Still fairly potent, and even .25% brings up some throat-hit issues that I had to address.
CAP Marshmallow is foremost a textual element in here. I want some fluffyness and volume to the juice, helping it hit that taffy kind of mouthfeel. I think 2% gave me a nice volume without muting out that mango or bringing in too much vanilla.
TFA Whipped Cream is an accommodation for the contest format, and used mostly as an emulsifier for that mango and marshmallow. It does a lot work here, keeping the throat hit from the peach under control, dulling some of the more ripe notes from the mango, and pulling down some of the dry sugar and vanilla notes from the marshmallow further into the juice while adding to the thicker mouthfeel. Triacetin is a helluva drug, and it ends up being pretty vital for the shake and vape part of the contest.
It's a candy, so I think some sweetener is definitely a fit for the profile. I've gone with 1% of TFA Sweetener, because I wanted some of the inherent ethyl maltol sweetness for the mango note here, as well as the heavier, sugary sucralose to sort of force the juice onto your palate and further deaden the sharp edges on the peach and marshmallow.
I mixed this at 70%VG and 1.5mg nicotine, just because I felt like the higher pg was accentuating the weird notes in the sweet mango, but it's not a night or day difference in terms of flavor over 60%VG.
A ripe golden delicious apple. Juicy, warm golden delicious apple flesh with a light peel note on the tail end.
TPA Quince- Used for the juicy apple/pear volume of the fruit. The spicier top notes help reinforce the lingering peel.
INW Cherimoya- A sweaty overripe tropical banana flavor, used to convey the ripeness and the warmth of an apple that's just barely on the cusp of being overripe. Adds some creaminess to the overall mix, keeping the juiciness of the Quince and Cactus from reading like straight apple juice.
INW Cactus- Used primarily for the wetness and to keep the vape pleasant. At this percentage, smooths the throat hit from the cherimoya and quince. Any green aloe notes push toward to back end of the exhale and bolster the peel. A bit recognizable S&V, it calms down and homogenizes well overnight.
Rich whiskey with ripe juicy berries and a light but complex chocolate finish.
Everyone got into manly vapes. This is sort of manly, right? The FLV Bourbon starts you off with a hit of charred oak, the FA Whisky brings smooth volume to the booze and then you've got dark juicy berries and a subtle chocolate finish. Give it a week to steep, though. There's a lot of fermented and sharp flavors that have to come together.
The FLV Lemograss bridges the whisky, berries, and chocolate... but it's an oddball flavor at a low percentage and probably isn't vital. I use HS Australian Chocolate, but it can be subbed for a relatively low percentage of any of your favorite darker chocolate or even coffee concentrates. The White Chocolate is there for sweetness and body, but you could probably sub for anything fluffy and creamy. Cap Vanilla Whipped Cream? Sure. TFA Bavarian Cream? Why the fuck not. I'd say the FLV Bourbon is essential, although you might be able to get by with some FA Oakwood.
Something Rainbow Sherbet-ish but really fruit forward. Manages to be bright without being harsh. Heavily indebted to the homerian epic that was CaptainCannibal trying to clone Shurb. Give it some time to let the citrus settle in and the fruits to blend. The INW natural mint makes this juice, so if you sub use something that has a more realistic mint profile. INW Mix mint would probably be my second choice here.
Cactus and Blueberry? It's more of a feeling than a flavor. One of my favorites, but has no actual flavor reference point. The cactus, bilberry, and banana play off each other really nice and then the dragonfruit adds sweetness and smooths the entire thing into one cohesive flavor. It's Smooth, Floral, and a just a bit sweet. I mix at 75% VG. You can shake and vape, but 3 days mellows the cactus out and lets everything homogenize.