When it comes to vodka, we here at Thinking Drinkers enjoy Crystal Head almost as much as toast and football.
What a ridiculous comment. No, we enjoy it as much as, say, using Radox instead of Lidl Sport shower gel. Although Lidl Sport does only cost 19p. At least that’s what your Mum told us.
Either way, when it comes to Crystal Head, we can at least reveal we appreciate the flavours. It’s smooth and slightly sweet and easy to drink neat. It’s distilled four times with no additives and made in Newfoundland, which has a very pure water source and looks pretty on Google images. And it was passed through mystical Herkimer Diamonds, which adds little to flavour, but delivers a splash of intrigue and gives us stuff to write down here. Which is good. We like to have stuff to write down.
But most of all, we enjoy Crystal Head because it comes in a skull-shaped bottle and was made by Dan Aykroyd.
Bottles shaped like skulls are for winners; there can be no argument that pretends otherwise. They are, in fact, bottles shaped like skulls. And that is wicked.
Dan Aykroyd meanwhile, is a movie legend. He has appeared in some of the funniest, well-made films of Dwink’s generation. From the epic Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters, which he actually wrote, to Trading Places, Dragnet, Spies Like Us and The Great Outdoors, all the way up to Grosse Pointe Blank. He was also a star of Saturday Night Live. Skills.
Did you know Dan Aykroyd was nominated for an Oscar? It was for Driving Miss Daisy, which is not a funny film, but is further evidence of his performing prowess.
If you are not as old as Thinking Drinkers then you really need to spend the weekend with Dan Aykroyd’s films and you might as well do so with a bottle of Crystal Head by your side.
Thinking Drinkers met Dan Aykroyd – as in the movie star Dan Aykroyd. Dan. Aykroyd. Boom – at the Stafford Hotel bar in London where he talked about his vodka, UFOs and kindly ran some lines from three of his best performances. He also celebrated the Three Martini Lunch, an institution Thinking Drinkers will continue to champion in its Thinking Drinker’s Guide to Alcohol show at the Soho Theatre this November. Here’s Dan Aykroyd in our video:
You can buy Crystal Head here and it works like any other quality vodka, neat on ice or stirred in a Martini using a drop of dry vermouth and olive. And useful in tall fruity cocktail like the Head on Berry Collision.
Method: In a glass, combine the berries, lemon juice and agave nectar. Lightly crush berries to release their juice. Add ice and Crystal Head Vodka. Top with soda water. Gently stir. Garnish with a healthy looking mint sprig and serve on a tray with the skull bottle in the middle.