***My only changes to this perfect recipe were the types of sweeteners used, and the addition of DIYFS Clear Black Cherry, along with a reduction in WS-23. I chose this cherry because it is easy to work with, and has the perfect sweet cherry taste. You can find the DIYFS Black Cherry here: http://www.diyflavorshack.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Clear%2DBlack%2DCherry%2DDIY%2DFlavor Affiliate discount code to save 20% off all flavors at DIYFlavorshack: LianazVapin20 This was shared with @AlfredPuddings permission.*** Original commentary of the master below, Alfred Pudding: For October's Mixers' Club prompt, I was tasked with revisiting my biggest failure of a recipe and making it work. When I first started mixing, I wanted to create a cola recipe without using any cola flavorings. From what I had gathered they were all pretty lackluster, and I wanted to solve a problem many people were facing. It was a tremendous error in judgement, and I wanted to abandon it completely. If Concrete River didn't make this eloquent challenge, and ID10-T didn't make his decision to conquer his fear, I wouldn't have accomplished a major goal and brought this to life. Normally I would put a lot of development notes here, and explain why I made the decisions that ended up in the recipe, but I'm not going to do that with this one. I want you to mix it up if you're interested in an awesome cola recipe, and know that I put a lot of effort into it. Another part of the prompt was to explain what I'm doing differently now, which I think could benefit many people. The first major difference in my mixing was brought about by Jennifer Jarvis. I knew early on that she utilized smell quite a bit, but I didn't understand how important it was. I stopped making recipes with percentages and suggestions, and just started following my nose like Toucan Sam. I would try to elaborate, but I wouldn't do it justice. Just go find Jennifer Jarvis and she'll give you some amazing pointers. Another major difference in my style is the application of vast amounts of information I have gathered. There are so many incredible resources on YouTube, Reddit, and Discord that have made my experience truly awesome. People that are willing to answer any question you can conjure, give suggestions on ways to make an idea work, and provide inspiration for creative new recipes. I'm very thankful for all of them, and I look forward to coming up with countless things for everyone to try.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://alltheflavors.com/recipes/152536