by Juel Mahoney
According to the Mayan calendar, the universe is set to be wiped out on 21st December, 2012. If this thought is not scary enough, Crystal Head held a seminar to explain the Mayan Apocalypse in a crypt over 1000 years old - dark and cold with skulls lit up by candles.
Thankfully, the Spirits team were there to help us drink through our fear with cocktails created especially for the end of the world.
We started the evening with a Skullgarita, “The classic formula and flavours of the Mayan homelands,” says Paul McFayden, intrepid Indiana Jones of the cocktail world and brand manager for Crystal Head in the UK. This life-affirming drink is made of agave syrup and Crystal Head vodka with fresh limes and dry Pierre Ferrand Curacao shaken hard and served on the rocks.
The Elixir of Life cocktail uses blackberries to help us remain forever youthful even after the world’s (potential) end. A re-invention of the classic Bramble, it had Crystal Head Vodka with lemon and sugar, shaken with blackberries.
Crystal Head is inspired by the archaeological mystery surrounding the 13 Quartz crystal heads found across the world. Elizabeth Graham, a senior lecturer in Meso-American and Mayan Archeology, explained the Mayan philosophy of time. Followed by philosopher Dr Stephen Law from the University of London who swiftly debunked all End of the World theories with some examples through history that never eventuated.
To paraphrase REM, it may be the end of the world but after a few little shot-sized crystal head skulls, I feel fine.
Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd, brainchild and owner of Crystal Head, joined us (via the screen) with a cheery Christmas message for us, too… if we have one: