Top 10 E-Liquid Recipes – Simple and Perfect

E-liquids can be bought but enterprising vapers can also buy the raw materials to make their own batches of e-liquid. The basic materials are not hard to get and are widely available. But like with many things, recipes and instructions vary between mixers who have their own ways and ingredients they like using.

What is DIY e-liquid?

Put in the plainest form DIY e-liquid is the same as standard e-juice that you purchase from vendors or merchants. The only difference is; you make it yourself which dramatically cuts down on the cost that some sub-ohm vape users might be experiencing. The most standard DIY e-liquid typically contains four base elements: PG, VG, nicotine, and flavoring. However, not all elements are required.

How to DIY

When you come to start creating your e-liquid you will follow some pretty simple guidelines, substituting elements when necessary to meet your requirements. Here’s a breakdown of the basic guidelines:

1. Finding and understanding a recipe

This is where this article will come in hand. You will want to find yourself an e-liquid recipe, along with these recipes you will find ratios and percentages of the elements that you need to create your DIY e-liquid. Once you have found an e-liquid recipe, you will probably have trouble understanding what it means; here are some of the most common abbreviations:

  • TPA: This stands for “The Perfumers Apprentice,” one of the leading flavor manufacturer in the e-liquid market. When purchasing flavors from TPA always ensure it’s listed under “DIY Endeavors.”
  • PG: This stands for “Propylene Glycol,” the most popular base of e-liquid. The liquid has less consistency and a much quicker absorption time; making it a popular choice for purer flavor and a larger throat hit.
  • VG: This stands for “Vegetable Glycerin,” the brother of PG. Hosting a strong consistency and slower absorption time this base e-liquid is more common amongst users looking for a much larger vapor density.

You will want to be using a mixture of PG and VG in your e-liquids. Find a ratio that you want to use; it is common for the e-liquid recipe to advertise a ratio. For sub-ohm vaping you may want to use around 70VG/30PG.

To avoid Throat Hit while vaping we recommend you to use Zero Nicotine E-Juices

2. Measurements

So by now you should have your e-liquid recipe and have a basic understanding of the flavors and elements you will need to be adding. However, how much of each should you be adding? On your e-liquid recipe, you will find a percentage next to each element; this is the amount of each element you will be adding. Depending on the e-liquid recipe site you are using it might be displayed differently; use a website like eJuice Me Up to translate the quantities into something more understandable like drops or ml.

3. Creating your e-liquid

This is where the magic happens, it is time to start creating your e-liquid. Always ensure you are in a safe and clean environment with the correct safety equipment worn at all times. Typically there are two different mixing methods; by weight and by volume.

  • By Weight: With the help of your eJuice Me Up tool, place the bottle on a set of scales. Using grams begin dripping your flavors into the bottle until you reach your desired percentage.
  • By Volume: If mixing by volume, you will want to have plenty syringes at hand. Using separate syringes for each flavor begin filling up the bottles using ml as your measurement.

The best e-liquid recipes

There are numerous different sub headings for e-liquid recipes, covering everything from tobacco recipes to candy recipes. It is all down to personal preference and experience if you are looking to find the “best” e-liquid recipes. Here are a couple of the most popular e-liquid recipes from each of the subheadings found on the kritikalmass website:

Clone e-liquid recipes

Listing some of the most popular e-liquids found from various vendors and merchants. These are the best e-liquid recipes to follow if you are looking to clone one of your favorite e-liquids.

  • Castle Long Clone: An inexpensive alternative to the popular castle long e-liquid. Hosting an addictive aroma with the smell of roasted almond nut bread, playing around with different substitutions of fruit flavors you can reach your desired aftertaste, or keep it simple. VG50/PG50 Base (No nicotine specified)

Percentage TFA Flavoring
2.5% Kentucky Bourbon
1.5% Coconut Extra
1.5% Acetyl Pyrazine
1.5% Toasted Almond
1% Vanillin
1% Bourbon Vanilla
1% Brown Sugar Extra

The original e-liquid recipe can be found here.

  • Suicide Bunny Original Bunny Clone: A revised version of the original bunny clone. This e-liquid recipe is as close as you will get to the original as it hosts a great taste along with great vapor production. Taking longer than usual to craft is certainly reflected in the quality of this e-liquid.
    VG65/PG35 Base (No nicotine specified)

Percentage TFA Flavoring
10% Vanilla Custard
7% Cake Batter CAP
4% Sweet Cream
4% Bavarian Cream

The original e-liquid recipe can be found here.

Tobacco e-liquid recipes

Appealing more towards the nicotine users in the vaping world. Tobacco e-liquid recipes are great if you are looking for a harsher hit on the throat with a more stubborn taste left in the mouth. These e-liquid recipes are 100% unique and crafted by the community.

  • VCT: An extremely satisfying fruit blend, coming from the black honey and custard combination. This is a great e-liquid recipe that will be sure to feed your sweet tooth whilst still providing a decent hint of tobacco.
    VG50/PG50 Base (No nicotine specified)

Percentage TFA Flavoring
6.75% Vanilla Custard
1.75% Black Honey Tobacco
0.5% Super Sweet
0.5% Smooth

The original e-liquid recipe can be found here.

  • Vanilla Tobacco: This e-liquid recipe has a nice smooth and flavorful taste, with a decent vapor production. The e-liquid recipe is diketone free, hosting a creamy and mild honey tobacco flavor, with quite a large nicotine percentage you might want to play with this until you reach your desired taste.
    VG50/PG50 Base 6% Nicotine

Percentage TFA Flavoring
5% Black Honey Tobacco
3.5% French Vanilla Cream
1.5% DX Bavarian Cream

The original e-liquid recipe can be found here.

Drink e-liquid recipes

E-liquid recipes found in this subsection are created to replicate the flavor found in some of your favorite drinks. Hosting flavors with more of a sweet after taste and others that are more bitter; you will be sure to find an e-liquid recipe right for you.

  • Dr. P Pepper: Almost identical in taste to the famous drink Dr. Pepper, this e-liquid recipe has a perfect balance between its sweet taste. The balance between cola and different berries makes an interesting aftertaste.
    VG50/PG50 Base (No nicotine specified)

Percentage TFA Flavoring
11% Plum
5% Black Cherry
4% Cola
1% Cinnamon Spice

The original e-liquid recipe can be found here.

  • All Day Earl: This e-liquid recipe creates quite a creamy tasting juice. With not many other elements apart from different variations of cream. This e-liquid recipe does not really give specifics, and it is clear that you are meant to experiment with the different flavor balances.
    VG?/PG? Base (No nicotine specified)

Percentage TFA Flavoring
13% Earl Grey
8% Honey
5% Bavarian Cream
3% Whipped Cream
0.6% Chai Tea

The original recipe can be found here.

Candy e-liquid recipes

If you are looking for the sweetest e-liquid recipes then this is the sub section for you. If you are looking for anything sweet, chocolatey or even your favorite dessert, then look no further.

  • Candy Bar: Just like the name, this e-liquid recipe is incredibly sweet. Hosting many of the flavors found in the most popular chocolate bars, you will be sure to feed your sweet tooth with this incredibly diverse juice.
    VG50/PG50 (No nicotine specified)

Percentage TFA Flavoring
5% Peanut Butter
5% Marshmallow
5% Double Chocolate
3.5% Caramel
1-2% Sweetener

The original e-liquid recipe can be found here.

  • Nerds: A clone of the popular sweet nerds, this e-liquid recipe plays with the balance of strawberry, raspberry, and lemon to get an explosion of fruity flavors. Also, if you play with the different levels of flavors, you will be able to reach different fruity flavors.
    VG50/PG50 (No nicotine specified)

Percentage CAP Flavoring
8% Strawberry CAP
8% Raspberry CAP
1% Super Sweet CAP
0.5% Lemon Juice

The original e-liquid recipe can be found here.

Fruit Flavors e-liquid recipes

Using different fruity combinations the fruit flavors subsection hosts some of the fruitiest e-liquid recipes. If you are looking for something fruity, or simply looking for a juice that tastes like your favorite fruit then this is the place for you.

  • Blue Dragon: Quite a hard throat hit, however, the balance of fruit is incredibly strong. If you are looking for a unique tasting fruit juice, then this is the one for you. Finding a different base balance, you can get either a larger vapor production or even muffle the throat hit if desired.
    VG50/PG50 (No nicotine specified)

Percentage CAP Flavoring
7% Blueberry
7% Raspberry
5% Dragon Fruit

The original e-liquid recipe can be found here.

  • Blue Moon: This e-liquid recipe has a perfect balance between blueberry and coconut, with a sweet, creamy taste than amplifies the other elements. You can experiment with the different flavor balances, however, from default this e-liquid is incredibly tasty.
    VG50/PG50 (No nicotine specified)

Percentage TFA Flavoring
3% Blueberry Extra
1% Coconut
1% Sweet Cream
1% EM
2% Sweetener

The original e-liquid recipe can be found here.

You Can Do It!

Hopefully, by this point, you will have a much better understanding of DIY e-liquid recipes and how you can start creating yours in the correct and safe environment. Much like anything else involving chemicals, it is incredibly important to ensure you fully understand what you are working with and the correct methods and techniques used. Always make sure you are safe, do not attempt to do anything you are unsure about.

Published: August 1, 2017 Updated: April 7, 2021

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15 comments on “Top 10 E-Liquid Recipes – Simple and Perfect

  • Cj

    December 18, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Anyone have a recipe cloning American Patriot?? Can’t find it anywhere. My favorite e-juice.

  • Woodsey77

    July 21, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Hi all. Has anyone got a clone closely resembling Totally Wickeds Titan Tobacco.

  • Deanna

    December 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I need a recipe to replace my zig zag dragonberry. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Dzomb

    December 6, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Fw strawberry milkshake 7% very simple strawberry

    And u can add
    Tfa vbic 1-2%
    Tfa strawberry ripe 1-3%

  • TBandy

    December 3, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I just try the Blue Dragon and wow it’s fantastic !

  • Kay

    November 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    How do you measure the percentage if you don’t own a scale ? Also, does this Bunny Bunny mixture HAVE to seep ?

    • Annagrimz

      September 20, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      Hello Kay
      I wish I could answer your question but I don’t dare. However, I would like to make a helpful comment that “Steep” is the word your looking for instead of seep, and looking now at the date of the op post well I hope you read it. In September 20th 2020 @10:16 I find myself looking for the best places to buy DIY stuffs to make juice at home.

    • Trey

      January 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      I use a computer app called E-juice me up which you can use to do the percentages. It calculates and tells you exactly what amount of each is needed to make the juice.

  • Mark

    September 11, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Tom, the flavor apprentice

  • Roger Bradshaw

    August 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Looking a strawberry and cream

    • Mosouno

      November 5, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Strawberry 5% FA
      Fresh cream 2% FA
      Simple and delicious

    • Master mixer

      December 7, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Use TPA strawberrys and cream at 15% its amazing alone

  • Tom

    August 28, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Where can I find flavors to make my own e-juice?

    • amien

      September 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Their all food flavor concentrates, I get most of mine from Myfreedomsmoke, ebay has a lot, just google “DIY ejiuce” you’ll come up with everything you need

    • Steve

      September 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Bull City Flavors is good, don’t go to Ebay.