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.
A luscious blend of juicy pineapple, mango & thick coconut cream
A twist on the traditional Pina Colada whilst staying true to the origins, albeit a virgin version. This version uses an alternative pineapple pairing, bolstered by sweet and juicy chucks of fresh mango...
The coconut base is nothing new - this combo is used in most Pina Colada recipes and it just works so well that I saw no need in reinventing the wheel. Each of these coconuts bring their unique characteristics to the party to form a deep & creamy coconut base without overwhelming the tropical fruit. The coconut trio is blended with FA Cream to fashion a delectable coconut cream worthy of the topical wonders about to be received...
The pineapple layer is comprised of a pairing which is a departure form the stock standard pineapple combos and brings a refreshing new dimension to this category. VT Sugarloaf & MB Funky Pineapple combines to form a succulent & authentic pineapple, set to rival the status quo. Naturally sweet without being candied and best of all, no tinned pineapple vibe!
FE Mango and FLV Mango adds another dimension by enhancing the tropical feel and prevents a linear vaping experience, often present in simple fruity vapes. The FLV Mango fortifies the authenticity of FE Mango and adds a delicious, almost 'dark' mango element to ensure it gets noticed through the pineapple puree.
Give this baby 5 days or so for the fruits to become friends.
A delicious & thick tropical papaya cocktail.
A redux of my Pango recipe offering a much improved papaya forward fruit blend where papaya is the hero in place of mango.
As a seasoned vaper, I have moved on form mainstream fruits and, like many others, am sooooo over of the monotony of strawberry, apple and blueberry based fruit vapes. Luckily, mother nature has provided us with a veritable smorgasbord of fruity wonders, including the must underrated Papaya.
I love, love, love the inherent bitterness & body of TPA Papaya which lays the substructure here. It perfectly balances the sweetness of the other fruits, whilst boosting the mouthfeel to create a thick, full vaping experience.
FE Mango perfectly encapsulates the very best a fresh, ripe & luscious mango. Used at 1%, it masterfully imparts the essence of mango & allows the mango to shine.
A splash of CAP Cantaloupe & a smidgen of Peach juicy keep things nice and moist & deepens the melange of fresh, ripe fruit without distraction.
FA Coconut enhances the creaminess & imparts a delicate, natural coconut edge. It is barely noticeable (which was the intention) and allows coconut haters the opportunity to experiment with this stunning multi-use beauty.
Give this baby 2 days or so to settle.
A simple and refreshing grapefruit cocktail.
I set out to recreate the classic Blushing Lady cocktail following a recent overindulgence of same...! As per most classic cocktails, the flavor combinations rely on quality ingredients to do the heavy lifting & generously doused with some boozy goodness...
INW Grapefruit is basically grapefruit in a bottle, period. This supreme beast perfectly represent a fresh ruby grapefruit in all its glory= bright, tart & juicy.
FA Pomegranate brings a sweet & syrupy dark pomegranate layer and cuts the tartness of the grapefruit ever so slightly.
FE Lemon ties deepens the tartness and acts as the lemon (not lime) wedge traditionally served with the OG cocktail.
This baby is good to go off the shake and, as always, deepens beautifully after 3 days.
A simple & delicious pomegranate and berry coco cream.
This recipe pays homage to one of my favorite ADV’s in my neck of the woods, sold as an one shot. This is my interpretation of a simple fruity mix with a touch of ice.
FA Pomegranate and INW Raspberry are the stars here and provide an authentic, earthy & deep red fruit base. These 2 were destined to be wed and compliments one another to birth this magnificent hatchling.
FA Coconut provides an intriguing, intricate, creaminess whilst imparting a delicate natural coconut edge. I have tried various other coconut choices but this one just works here so much better.
FA cream fresh blends our fruit masterfully and, off course, adds that delicious creaminess which has made this baby a staple in every self respecting DIY’ers arsenal.
WS23 is used to add an icy edge and keeps this ensemble from being linear. The OG uses menthol but I realize that most mixers prefer WS23, hence the inclusion.
This baby is good to go after 2 or 3 days!
A rich, sticky & creamy caramel tobacco.
Further exploration of Holy Holy Grail and HS Caramel toffee led me to this scrumptious and richly rewarding creamy caramel RY4 delight. Simply put, pure bliss...
Not much has to be said for the highly acclaimed Holy Holy Grail. It is, by far, the quintessential RY4. Period. Light on the tobacco, heavy on the vanilla infused caramel goodness, this is the bedrock of this recipe. Use V2 at 8% for best results.
HS Caramel Toffee is my go-to caramel and further deepens the caramel layer by providing a rich and creamy true caramel flavor.
LB Vanilla Ice Cream is a superb VIC and further compliments the vanillas & introduces a wonderful, rich and smooth, creamy element. Initial adaptations features custard which was good, but this bad boy/girl is just soooo much better!
HS Italian cream is pure indulgence and simply adds luxurious, double cream, oral satisfaction.
Give this baby at least 7 days to stew and be prepared for oral bliss...
A thick & rich delectable cheesecake marbled with sticky caramel.
This is a simple 3,2,1 cheesecake celebrating the magnificence of power ingredients.
INW Yes, we cheesecake has been my go-to since it’s release and it continues to surprise me for it pure simplicity. This , European style cheesecake, perfectly encapsulates all that is cheesecake with ease. The rich, creamy & velvety smooth filling sits lovingly atop an unassuming base, given a delicate boost in the form of INW Coconut cookies, which is beyond superb in itself. A light & crisp coconut cookie with a touch of vanilla is the perfect beau for our paladin.
HS caramel toffee adds a deep, sticky and slightly sweet layer to enhance the threesome without distracting from the main profile.
Give this baby 3 to 5 days to settle and enjoy!
A deliciously creamy vanilla rice milk.
I picked up OOO Rice milk on sale recently and, as all sales items usually end up, had zero hopes of it being any good. I went with my gut and mixed some complimentary pairings with it and OMG, did this turn to be a sublime, dare I say, ADV for my fickle palate.
OOO Rice milk is described as sweet and creamy rice milk flavor and that is exactly what it is. An exceedingly creamy base with a fabulous mouth feel laced with a touch of light, cooked rice. The creaminess here is astounding = it is on par with the best creams out there and will be a perfect all rounder where cream is the base layer.
I added a splash of cinnamon sugar and opted for CAP Cinnamon sugar as I wanted a delicate sweet cinnamon note and stayed clear of the other contenders. At 1% It lingers beautifully in the background and just adds a sprinkling of cinnamon. Feel free to up it a tad if you want more of a cinnamon forward note.
FA Bourbon is the perfect vanilla here and adds a wonderful, bold, deep, rich & clean vanilla flavour to round this trio off to perfection.
After 3 days this baby is ready to please and after 5, it will please you even more!
A delicious smokey blend of caramel, vanilla and tobacco.
I set out to explore different levels and uses of my Holy Holy Grail, widely revered as THE king of caramel, vanilla and tobacco triads.
Admittedly feint in the tobacco department, this recipe attempts to add some simple complexity to our main protagonist whilst celebrating its inherent sublimeness...
SM Latakia fire cured is a superb ‘dark’ tobacco and is much more refined than other players in this tobacco category like Black Fire and the likes. It can be described as an ashy burning campfire log - intense and pure... Here it adds a delicious & refined sweet, smokey & ashy element and lifts the RY4 base to unexplored heights
Oakwood adds a slight sweet woody tone to bolster the feint tobacco in the Holy Holy Grail and adds a bit of complexity and intrigue.
Use Holy Holy Grail V2 at 8%.
For a touch of additional sweetness, add 1% HS Caramel Toffee...
Give this 7 days to settle, 10 days best.