The glinting Crystal Head vessel was crafted with a pure spirit in mind. Owners Dan Aykroyd and John Alexander wanted to get closer to the archaeological mystery of the 13 ancient crystal heads found throughout the world. The vodka is made from Canadian peaches and corn, and glacier water from Newfoundland. After distillation, the vodka is filtered seven times, the last three times passing through semi-precious crystals known as Herkimer diamonds. When the vodka’s gone, bartenders like to reincarnate the skull to bottle infusions or to make delicious smoked libations. $50 (750 milliliters), $100 (1.75 liter), Lee’s Discount Liquors, CrystalHeadVodka.com.
Meaning “Life” in ancient Mayan, Kah Tequila’s bottles were inspired by Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos celebration, and the calaveras used in its rituals. Each bottle is an individual hand-painted work of art symbolizing death and rebirth. Kah also offers life-affirming certified organic and kosher certifications, enabling a greater number of people to discover tequila as an essential part of entertaining and appreciating life. Kah is made from 100 percent blue agave and comes in four styles: blanco, reposado, añejo and extra añejo. $47- $57, $230 extra añejo (special order), Total Wine & More, KahTequila.com.
Each hand-labeled bottle of Araceli Marigold Liqueur pays tribute to the beauty of the sacred marigold flowers used in offerings to the spirits during Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Like the holiday itself, the exuberant marigold expresses colorful festivity, not a mournful or frightening commemoration. Araceli (meaning “alter of heaven”) delivers a blend of marigold flowers, organic agave nectar and natural ingredients for a distinctive floral flavor. $40, AraceliLiqueur.com.