Conceived and founded by actor Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexander, Crystal Head Vodka is an additive-free vodka that's quadruple distilled and filtered seven times, three of which are through Herkimer diamond crystals. It's also gluten-free and kosher certified. And while the product is enough to draw the attention of vodka lovers everywhere, it's the human skull-shaped glass bottle that it's encased in that's the real attention-getter.

Having fruitlessly searched for an additive-free vodka, Aykroyd decided to make his own. Alexander got involved by designing its famous bottle and the rest is history. Though it has a celebrity name behind it and some eye-catching packaging, don't think of this vodka as gimmicky. In fact, it's won numerous awards including being named No. 1 on 10 Best Vodka Brand's 2014 list.

If you still need some convincing before buying a bottle, the vodka is the official vodka of the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary tour.


1.5 ounces Crystal Head Vodka

2 ounces soda

2 fresh mint sprigs

lime wheels

2 tbsp. coarse sugar (to taste)


Rub rim of glass with lime and dip into coarse sugar.

Muddle mint sprigs, lime wheels and coarse sugar in

bottom of glass.

Add ice and Crystal Head.

Stir well, then top with soda.

Garnish with sprig of fresh mint and lime.

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