Celebrity Spirits To Try
By Halle Cook Published September 2021
Have you noticed a recent spike in celebrity spirits? We sure have, and we aren’t mad about it! Gone are the times of celebrities tacking their names on brands just for endorsements. As the popularity of craft spirits continues to rise, our favorite Hollywood icons are taking the leap into the alcohol business. The big names you see attached to bottles as you stroll through liquor store aisles are not only hands-on, but truly passionate about their products. From vodka and tequila to whiskey, wine and beyond, stars are using inspiration from their personal lives and relationships to create enjoyable beverages which tell their stories. See a new side of these famous figures by exploring some of our must try celebrity spirits.
Paul Wesley & Ian Somerhalder | Brother’s Bond Bourbon Whiskey
Sink your teeth into a bottle of our favorite undead brother’s bourbon. Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, stars of The Vampire Diaries, recently launched their highly anticipated American spirit. The brand was inspired by their characters’ love for bourbon and the connection they created as on-screen brothers. Their bond for creating great bourbon is also met with a cause - help reverse climate change. A portion of their proceeds will be given back to support regenerative farming practices, which rebuild healthy soil to allow plants to prosper and ultimately protect our food and water supply. Enjoy a complex palate that is balanced with a touch of sweetness and spice as you sip this elegant and smooth bourbon.
Kendall Jenner | 818 Blanco Tequila by Kendall Jenner
Her sisters may be focused on cosmetics and beauty lines, but Kendall Jenner is paving her own path by being a tequila brand owner. Just released this year, Jenner’s tequila has been given 16 tasting awards at six international spirit competitions, including a Gold Medal and Best Reposado at the World Tequila Awards. The name 818 comes from Jenner’s home area code in San Fernando Valley, California. Each taste of the blanco flavor provides brilliant clarity alongside a citric aroma and light minerality on the pallet.
Ryan Reynolds | Aviation Gin
Not only has actor Ryan Reynolds been making a name for himself as an impressive marketer, but in 2018 he became a self-declared gin expert, stating, "I've tried every gin on the planet and Aviation is, hands down, the best. Also, I don't recommend trying every gin on the planet. Stick with this one." This gin features a recipe as attractive as the co-owner himself, with a blend of botanicals including cardamom, coriander, French lavender, anise seed, sarsaparilla, juniper and two kinds of orange peels. Fly above the clouds on a non-stop smooth journey with Aviation Gin.
Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul | Dos Hombres Mezcal Artesanal
Co-owned by the Emmy winning dynamic duo Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, Dos Hombres Mezcal is an exquisite example of celebrities looking to create something different. With a desire to work together again after the end of their critically acclaimed show, Breaking Bad, these two stars traveled to a remote section of Oaxaca, Mexico in the hopes to curate a spirit like no other. Mezcal is an agave-based spirit with a carefully crafted smoky taste derived from its cooking process. Experience a fruity, fresh and sweet palate with hints of mango and sapote, followed by a soft hint of wood produced by the smoking pits. Enjoy it on the rocks or mix it in this cocktail.
Bob Dylan | Heaven’s Door Straight Bourbon Whiskey
“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” to love Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Aged for over seven years in American oak barrels, the bourbon expresses lasting notes of vanilla and baked bread. Each sip will be as smooth as his divine songwriting. Every bottle of Heaven’s Door features an image of Dylan’s distinctive iron gates which he welded specifically for his studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks. Are you more of a rye fan? Try Heaven’s Door Rye Whiskey - finished in toasted French oak barrels with notes of orange peel and spice on the palate.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson | Teremana Tequila
Whether you know Dwayne Johnson by his ring name “The Rock” or as an American actor starring in one of the highest-grossing film franchises, it’s very difficult to not be a fan. The Rock exudes positivity and is a man of many talents, including selling tequila. His tequila, Teremana, has been flying off the shelves since its release in March 2020. Making the top 15 of tequila brands to try from Rolling Stone earlier this year, it is easy to call this endeavor a success. Teremana, meaning “spirit of the earth” is a 100% agave, small batch tequila that comes in blanco and reposado. The blanco has notes of bright citrus with a smooth, fresh finish, while the reposado has notes of oak and vanilla with a smooth, rich finish.
Kenny Chesney | Blue Chair Bay Rum
Kenny Chesney is a four-time Entertainer of the Year Award winner from the Country Music Awards with a knack for the island lifestyle. His rum brand, Blue Chair Bay, comes from a fictional location featured in Chesney’s 2004 song “Old Blue Chair.” The song is about his affinity for the Caribbean islands and a portion of the inspired lyrics are written on the front of every bottle. Blue Chair Bay Rum is made in the Caribbean and is distilled from sugarcane molasses and natural ingredients. Each bottle is 100 calories per serving and is available in flavors like pineapple cream and key lime cream. Consider them a welcome addition to any tropical cocktail.
Kate Hudson | King St. Vodka
Kate Hudson has been a Hollywood icon since 2000 when she won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in Almost Famous. Since, she has starred in countless films, launched a line of active wear and most recently released King St. Vodka, a craft vodka from California. After some research, Hudson realized that none of her favorite vodkas were founded by women and set out to change that. With the intent to celebrate life, each bottle of King St. Vodka is made using GMO-free corn and alkaline water for an ultra-premium spirit with a hint of sweet vanilla flavor.
Jamie Foxx | Brown Sugar Bourbon
In March, 2021, Jamie Foxx made the decision to add spirit owner to his portfolio with Brown Sugar Bourbon. This flavored whiskey was originally founded in 2016 but is going through a re-launch and revamp under Foxx’s ownership. Foxx is actively involved in the creative direction of the brand, presenting it as a “celebratory liquor ideal for making memories and toasting to good times.” With strong notes of cinnamon and brown sugar, Brown Sugar Bourbon was named “World’s Best Flavoured Whisky” in both 2018 and 2019 by Whisky Magazine. Enjoy it straight with a squeeze of lemon or add it to your favorite bourbon cocktails for some added sweet flavors.
Love celebrity-owned brands and have an affinity for tequila? Check out our favorite celebrity tequilas here.
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Sean “Diddy” Combs
Francis Ford Coppola
Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo