• death is life

    life is the dream

    don the calacas

    for the skulls hold the passing

    and the rebirth

    write names on the sugared ones

    give gifts of toys and tequila

    adorn the graves with marigolds and candles

    and dance for those you loved

    Dia de los muertos…   The day of the dead. In Mexican culture this day is revered as a way to honor loved ones who have passed on. It was an Aztec ritual that the Catholic Spaniards wanted eradicated, but the festival was not to be stopped. When they realized this they moved the month long celebration from August to November 1st and 2nd (All saints day and all souls day) in an effort to give it a more Catholic twist.

    At the San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival there were two different spirit holding skulls. One was the Crystal Head vodka and the other was a Day of the Dead Tequila called Kah.

    I found someone who painted the Crystal Head vodka bottles like the sugared skulls made for the celebration, Coker-Moen.com.  The vodka booth served a drink called

    Amor Eterno which was quite tasty

    1.5 oz Crystal Head Vodka (but any vodka would work here)

    ¾ oz Hibiscus Jalapeno syrup

    ½ oz Lemon juice

    ¼ oz Lime juice

    ¼ oz simple syrup

    And a splash of soda water

    It was created by Melissa Boyd from Beretta (a fun restaurant in SF)

    The vodka is from Dan Aykroyd’s empire and they have this to say about it:

    The entire process of creating Crystal Head Vodka is resoundingly
    PURE at heart – from the highest quality grains to the pristine waters
    of Newfoundland, Canada. Crystal Head is quadruple distilled, then
    filtered seven times, of which three are through semi-precious crystals
    known as Herkimer Diamonds. No additives, oils or sugars are used in
    the making of Crystal Head Vodka.


    The result is a pure and extraordinarily smooth spirit!

    The Tequila Kah was smooth and nice, but the skull bottles are what made them too cool.

    They really made a point of revering the holiday

    KAH Tequila Reposado is an ultra smooth, and ultra high-proof Tequila with a full body, and intense Agave favor. It is aged for ten months in French limousine casks, where it acquires subtle hints of vanilla and caramel.

    The KAH Tequila Reposado bottle is painted as “El Diablo”. The use of devil imagery was inspired by Day of the Dead celebrations in Peru. The festival takes place the week before November 5th on the banks of Lake Titicaca, The traditional dances (complete with dangling red crucifixes) are rumored to be led by the devil himself. Traditional dances are dedicated to Satan. This region of Peru is mostly a mining area and workers spend much time underground. According to ancient Incan beliefs, Satan lives underground making the miners vulnerable to his powers due to their daily proximity. The festival is designed to honor Satan, thus keeping the workers safe. The even pour Tequila on the ground for the devil to drink.

    KAH Tequila was designed to pay reverence and honor to Mexico and its people. Its bottle and spirit are reflective of Day of the Dead, the 3,000 year-old Meso-American ritual honoring deceased loved ones. KAH’s unique packaging, in turn, is inspired by traditional Calaveras used in Dia de los Muertos rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. The word KAH translates to “life” in the ancient Mayan language. Every bottle is an individual, hand-crafted work of art, not two bottles are the same. While the bottle captures that enduring spirit, so does the Tequila inside, as KAH’s distillers transform hand-selected 100% Blue agave into lively Blanco, Reposado and Añejo varieties that are both certified organic and Kosher.

    I admire this and found the whole line of Tequila to be exceptional.