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Episode 78: Crystal Head Vodka
Episode 7819th November 2021 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 78 features Crystal Head Vodka, an exceptionally pure spirit bottled in a skull shaped 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for about $45.

Enjoy this episode with some Crystal Head Vodka mixed in your favorite cocktail.

Crystal Head Vodka's official website:

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 2007 - Dan Aykroyd and John Alexander have lunch and Alexander's idea for the skull shaped bottle comes up in conversation
  • 2008 - The brand launches
  • 2008 - The movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is released in theaters
  • 2011 - The vodka wins a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2011 - Sales surpass 1 million bottles
  • 2015 - Crystal Head Aurora is launched, made from rye
  • 2020 - Crystal Head Onyx is launched, made from Weber Blue Agave

Key Cocktails:

Crystal Head Vodka is very pure, and a perfect clean slate for cocktails.

Try it how Dan Aykroyd likes it, in a simple dirty vodka martini:

  • 2 oz. Crystal head Vodka
  • Splash of white vermouth
  • Splash of olive juice

Pour into a shaker full of ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish if you like. Enjoy!


YouTube Virtual Tasting Produced During the Pandemic

Book: Vodka - How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America by Victorino Matus

Wikipedia Article

Mashed Article

Original Launch Video

Pure Spirit - Brand Video on YouTube Reference

BBC News Profile

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