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.
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.