Most Innovative Liquor Bottles

For this month, I decided to go a different route for our blog. While many blogs focus on the actual drink and taste of the spirit, few focus on the aesthetic of the bottle. Some bottles are a true work of art and there times when the bottle is just as important as the actual drink. The aesthetic can definitely affect what you pay for the drink. Check out some of my favorites below:

maurice amonCrystal Head Vodka: This premium vodka is unique for its additive-free recipe — no glycerol, citrus oils or sugars — as well as the crystal skull bottle that holds the clean liquor. After seven filters, three through Herkimer diamonds, the vodka is decidedly smooth but it’s the bottle that gives this vodka its extended value. The crystal skull was designed by Dan Aykroyd and John Alexander with the desire to create a vessel that reflected the quality and purity that the vodka embodies.

maurice amonCapone Tommy Gun: Who doesn’t like a good Al Capone reference, especially when it’s combined with hard liquor? This vodka vessel is appropriate for the classic thug or anyone who just enjoys a good cocktail. Though it’s a bit expensive ($69.99), the gun-shaped bottle really makes the juice worth the squeeze.

maurice amonCoronation Khukri Liqueur: If you are looking for a stylish addition to your liquor cabinet, then this is the rum for you. Not only does this smooth and balanced rum provide a fine aroma and oak wood flavor, it also showcases that wonderful taste in a 20 inch handsome dagger bottle and included stand. There is a reason that this Nepalese rum proudly presents itself as the “Taste of Himalayas.”

maurice amonMedea Vodka: Medea boasts a deliciously smooth vodka with subtle aromas of apple, lemongrass, cream, and vanilla. It’s a delightful liquor that fits beautifully with almost any cocktail recipe. But this Netherlandic Vodka company lets its bottle give the real wow factor. Their LED technology lets users program personalized messages directly onto the bottle. Light up someone’s special day with this programmable bottle of Medea Vodka.

maurice amonRemy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask: Okay, $2,399.99 is a little much for even the tastiest Cognac, but the Remy Martin Louis XIII is a 50-year-old 100% Grande Champagne with a complex bouquet of aromas and flavors. This French masterpiece apparently offers a balanced smell of truffles, rancio, roasted chestnuts, and prunes. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, then at least you’ll feel fancy as you pour out of the ornately designed crystal bottle. It’s a design fit for a king (or queen!)

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Best Cheese To Pair With Vodka


maurice amonWhen thinking about cheese pairing, one usually thinks of wines to pair it with. For whatever reason, society doesn’t think about pairing cheese with hard liquor. What many don’t know is that wine isn’t the only alcohol that can be paired with wine. Vodka can serve as an exceptional pairing for cheese as well. Pairing vodka and cheese may seem illogical, but vodka like many other spirits enhances or reduces the flavors of cheeses as well. Big full flavored cheeses will mostly clash with the subtleties in Vodka, so it’s best to stick with soft, mellow, creamy cheeses.

Due to the harsh taste of vodka and the heat that accompanies it when you take a sip, you don’t want to go with a mild cheese like a swiss cheese, mild cheddar, or something similar. You would hardly be able to taste the flavor in the cheese at all. This is a great example of vodka reducing the flavors in cheeses. With vodka it’s best to pair it with cheeses that fill your senses immediately with strong notes and flavors. Scientifically think of high alcohol to high fat content. Think of cheeses that have enough fat to challenge the amount of alcohol found in vodka.

For Vodka it’s best to pair it a creamy mellow goat cheese as one the cheeses that pair well. The high notes in goat cheese are enhanced by the vodka and the vodka does a great job of bringing out the different flavors in the goat cheese. Goat cheese ranges in taste from strong and pungent to delicate and mild. For vodka pairings it’s best to stick with the strong and pungent flavors. Goat cheese usually has a really distinct flavor and being that it’s not excessively salty like some other cheeses, the flavor would pair well with vodka. Goat Cheese is more on the tangy side which gets enhanced by the vodka.