Glass of Queen on the rocks, anyone?

Calling it "the ultimate accompaniment to any band’s rider," the band has announced Killer Queen, a "premium Freddie Mercury celebratory vodka" dedicated to their late frontman's memory and released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the single with which the drink shares its name. It might seem like kind of an odd way to pay tribute to a singular talent (even though vodka was his "drink of choice and omnipresent traveling companion on tour"), but at the very least, they seem to be taking the ingredients seriously. From the press release:

Killer Queen vodka is produced in batches from the highest quality GMO free unadulterated EU wheat. The vodka is “well versed in etiquette,” seven times distilled using an ancient original vodka filtration process of quartz sand and birch charcoal with a unique filtration process at the final stage. The water in Killer Queen vodka has been taken from a 600ft historical artisan well at source, which gives Killer Queen vodka its exquisite smooth original taste and is “guaranteed to blow your mind, anytime.”

Calling the Killer Queen distillery "the Willy Wonka chocolate factory for adults," guitarist Brian May shared his excitement in a statement, saying, "Freddie loved vodka and used to carry a dry ice cooler full of vodka with him on tour. Killer Queen Vodka is the perfect tribute to Freddie and using Killer Queen as the brand name was the perfect choice for us, and we know Freddie would have approved."

Killer Queen vodka is scheduled to deliver its first shipment to retailers on Sept. 17. For more information about the drink -- and to obtain Queen-sanctioned cocktail recipes -- visit its official site.

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