- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

British rock band Queen has unveiled its very own “Killer Queen” vodka to celebrate late frontman’s Freddie Mercury favorite drink of choice.

The announcement comes as the band celebrates its 40th anniversary of the multiplatinum single “Killer Queen” from the 1974 album “Sheer Heart Attack.”

“Freddie loved vodka and used to carry a dry ice cooler full of vodka with him on tour,” lead guitarist Brian May said in a statement. “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 “has been established by the band to honor Mercury’s invaluable contribution to music, which still continues to inspire to this day,” the band said in a statement Wednesday. A promotional flier for the vodka says it’s “a built-in remedy for Khrushchev and Kennedy.” Queen lyrics adorn the 700ml and 750ml bottles.

RnR Brew has partnered with Bravado and the “Original” Stoli spirits producer SPI/Latvijas Balzams, the release said.

On a recent visit to the Stoli vodka production plant in Latvia, Mr. May described it as “the Willy Wonka chocolate factory for adults.”

Killer Queen vodka is 80 proof and currently only available in the U.K. International markets are expected to follow later this year.

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