Actor Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexander conceived Crystal Head Vodka in 2008. Due to the lack of additive-free vodka on the market, Aykroyd decided to make one himself. Alexander designed the bottle based on the pair’s shared fascination with the legend of the thirteen crystal skulls.
Crystal Head Vodka was in development at the same time as the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). Sensing a conflict, Aykroyd arranged to meet with director Steven Spielberg to discuss resolving the issue. To Aykroyd’s surprise, Spielberg suggested that he would have liked Crystal Head Vodka to be served at the premiere.
In 2010, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario refused to carry Crystal Head Vodka in its stores, saying that people might find the bottle offensive. They reversed their decision after a change was made to the box design.