Before I begin this article, I’d like to point out that there is no definitive way to be creative with e-liquid recipes. Creativity is something that comes naturally and while it’s definitely possible to improve your creativity, there is no magical formula which will turn you into the next Nikola Tesla. What I will do however, is show you how I prefer to come up with my recipes, and how you can systematically create and improve recipes until you find something you really enjoy. One great piece of equipment to have when creating a recipe is a dripper or RDA; this is because you can quickly and easily test your flavours once you have mixed them.Firstly, I like to write all of my ideas down on paper so I will usually start with a blank sheet and list flavours that could work well together. For example, I might write down vanilla custard, ripe strawberry and ripe banana; I imagine that these flavours will taste good when I mix them together. You could also add diluents such as lemon juice, water, alcohol and so forth. Next to where you have written the flavours, try to put some thought into how strong each flavour should be. Maybe you want a ‘punchy’ banana, a ‘hint’ of vanilla and a ‘smooth’ strawberry exhale.The next step is to consider what your total flavour percentage should be. I like to aim for around 15%, however you may prefer 10%, or 20%. This is down to personal preference and you will likely know the flavour percentage you like to vape at. If not, start with 15% and work from there. It's also worth considering that some flavours are stronger than others, and will be mixed at a lower percentage. Note that this final percentage can change and is not set in stone, but it’s good to get an idea of how strong you want your total flavour profile to be at in your e-liquid recipes.I then take the flavour concentrates that I have listed and begin testing them one by one. This is the longest process of creating a recipe, but it is a good step to take if you really want to get it right. What I mean by this is that you will take one of your flavours, say vanilla custard, and create 5ml samples at, for example, 5%, 10% and 15%. This could be considered optional as a lot of flavours will give you a recommended mixing percentage on the label; but when it comes to advanced recipes, it’s always the best practise to find the right percentage of flavouring to get what you are specifically going for. In this example, I only want a ‘hint’ of vanilla, so I will choose the percentage from the samples that I made that gives me the best ‘hint’ of vanilla, instead of the best vanilla flavour overall.Let’s say I decide that 5% gives me the best ‘hint’ of vanilla. I still find it a little stronger than what I was going for, so I’m going to start messing with it in increments of 2%. First, I lower it to 3% and try it again with another 5ml sample.
Now I can’t taste it at all! So, I’m going to increase it to 4% and make another sample, halfway between where I said it was too strong, and too weak; this is the fastest way to find your target taste. Keep doing this until you get the taste specific enough to fit your needs, even if that means going to 2 decimal places.
When you move on to your next flavour, you can add it to the percentage of the previous flavours you have already found. Let’s say that I have decided on 4% vanilla custard as the perfect amount for the ‘hint’ of vanilla in the final product. Now I make three samples with 4% vanilla custard and add the next flavour, banana for example, and mix it at 5%, 8% and 10%. I have decided against going for 5%, 10% and 15% this time because I don’t think i’ll need more than 10%, nor will I need less than 5% to create the ‘punchy’ effect. By defining boundaries for each flavour percentage, you will need to make less samples before you find the right percentage for the effect you are going for.Once I have found my flavour percentage for banana, let’s say 9%, I now make three samples with 4% vanilla custard and 9% banana, and begin testing different percentages to create a smooth strawberry exhale. After all this is done, I have my final recipe with the right percentages to create the exact flavour I had imagined and created earlier.This is how I like to create my e-liquid recipes, and I hope this gives you some insight and inspiration to get creative and start making your own advanced flavours. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I will help you to the best of my ability. To keep up to date with more guides like this one, sign up to our newsletter by entering your email address at the bottom of the home page!