Dan Aykroyd is a big drinker. Well, at least, a particular one. After lending his name to a brand of wine and bringing Patron Tequila to Canada, the actor-musician ventured into vodka.
“I wanted to make a vodka that had the old alcohol punch that I remember when I had a screwdriver in college after class,” Aykroyd says. But, instead of the oils and sugars that are added to most vodka, his Crystal Head Vodka uses five-million-year-old Herkimer “diamonds.” And, no, he hasn’t been sampling too much of his product.
Crystal Head Vodka is distilled over crystal quartz, which is actually a semi-precious stone that emerges from the earth already faceted with clarity and shape that rival diamonds. The vodka’s glass bottle is modelled on the incredibly lifelike quartz-rock Mitchell-Hedges skull.
Thirty judges at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition preferred Crystal Head Vodka over 200 other products. They awarded it double gold, another hit in Aykroyd’s distinguished career.
“I was able to put some good things in front of their eyeballs with some of the better movies I made, some good music with John [Belushi] when we were doing the Blues Brothers, and now I’m able to put something on people’s tongues,” says Aykroyd. What’s up next? L’eau de Conehead?
Photography by Jared Sych.
Where’s my Juno?
The Juno Awards are heading to Regina, Sask. for the televised show on April 21. Performers include host Michael Bublé, k.d. lang (who is also being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame), Billy Talent and Carly Rae Jepsen. Jim Cuddy and Anne Murray will also be there to hand out awards.
But, of the more than 1,300 Junos that have been awarded over the past 43 years, not all are where they should be. We look back at more than 30 years of all things missing, lost, stolen, revoked and refused at the Juno Awards.
Cooking with Turntable Kitchen: Buckwheat Shortcakes with Salty Caramel Ice Cream
Ready for some toe-tapping and finger-licking fun? Check out Turntable Kitchen, a site devoted to food, music and the combination of the two. The coolest feature of the site is their pairings box. Every month, visitors can sign up for a package that contains three seasonal (and sometimes themed) recipes, one or two dry ingredients, a limited edition LP and access to an electronic downloadable mix tape.