Updated: Oct 19, 2018
What’s the most important ingredient in a good Caesar?
Some people might say it’s the Mott's Clamato juice… and they would be half right. The combination of clam and tomato juices is the unique element that makes a Caesar a Caesar—but it isn’t necessarily what makes a Caesar a GOOD Caesar. For that, you need to look to the quality of vodka that you’re using.
Using a cheap vodka when you’re making a Caesar will result in a mediocre drink. If you really want your Caesar to sing, you’d better use the best vodka available to you. And when you want the best vodka in Canada, who ya gonna call?
Back in 2007, cocktail enthusiast Dan Aykroyd partnered with artist John Alexander to create one of the smoothest vodkas available today (and packaged stunningly, too!): Crystal Head vodka. Aykroyd is such a huge believer in good, quality vodka that he has spent over 90 days on tour across North America since 2013 to personally promote Crystal Head. For him, it isn’t just a product, it’s a passion.
Crystal Head vodka features one of the most iconic bottle designs you will ever see. It’s instantly identifiable by its clear glass skull bottle and makes just about everyone do a double-take the first time they see it. The manufacturing of the bottle, based on the legend of the Crystal Skulls (yes, the ones in Indiana Jones 4), took over two years to get just right. These bottles are definitely works of art. They’re also super difficult to manufacture! With a defect rate of 40% or higher, each bottle that ends up in stores is a symbol of the quality that Aykroyd and Alexander demand from this vodka. No expense is spared.
But it’s not just about the bottle. With so much attention to presentation, you can be sure that what’s found inside is out of this world! Made in Newfoundland and Labrador, the vodka (made from peaches and cream corn grown in Ontario) is quadruple-distilled and seven-times filtered. If you really want a measure of Crystal Head’s quality, you should know that its last three filtrations are done through Herkimer diamond crystals! This extensive distillation process makes it unbelievably smooth.
Unlike most vodkas on the market today, Crystal Head vodka is additive-free. This is something that was very important to Mr. Aykroyd, so no oil, sugar, or glycerol are included. This vodka contains nothing but pure ingredients, like Newfoundland water!
Also speaking to its quality, Crystal Head vodka has won multiple awards, including gold medals in the San Francisco World Spirit Competition in 2017, 2016, and 2011.
We are proud to announce that Crystal Head vodka has partnered with us for this year’s Caesar Fest in Toronto to help us bring you the best in curated Caesars. Who knows, you may even be able to try their National Caesar Day creation, the Hot Head Caesar! Created by Dan Aykroyd himself, it’s a mix of lime juice, fresh garlic, Sriracha, Mott’s Clamato juice, and, of course, Crystal Head vodka. Experience this and all of the other delicious Caesar cocktails we’ll be featuring at this summer’s Caesar event of the year. Want to get into the festive spirit, you could try it yourself right now, using the following official recipe. The garnish is up to you!
Hot Head Caesar
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp Sriracha hot sauce
2 quarter wedges freshly squeezed lime juice
1.5 oz Crystal Head vodka
4 oz Mott’s Clamato juice
Rim your highball glass with your choice of spicy seasoning.
Add the garlic, Sriracha, lime juice, and Crystal Head vodka, then muddle.
Fill the highball with ice, top with Clamato juice, stir, and enjoy!
With roots in Newfoundland, Labrador, and Ontario, Crystal Head vodka is a truly Canadian spirit, making it the perfect ingredient to use in Canada’s national cocktail, the Caesar. You can find Crystal Head vodka at all LCBO locations, and also at Caesar Fest Toronto 2018 on July 22nd!
This post has been generously sponsored by Crystal Head Vodka® , the opinions and language are my own.