Once upon a time in Mexico, longtime buddies George Clooney and Rande Gerber searched for the best tequila. They couldn’t find an añejo that met their high expectations and decided to create their own tequila, Casamigos. Four years after the brand was born, it made history when spirits giant Diageo bought it for $1 billion. The sale made Clooney the highest-paid actor of 2018 and caused many savvy celebrities to sit up and pay attention. If George could make a fortune selling tequila, why couldn’t Ryan Reynolds do the same with gin? Or Cameron Diaz with white wine? Well, they have, and they will. Owning a liquor brand is practically de rigor in Hollywood. And other celebs, from basketball champs to music legends, have followed suit. Here we round up the must-try spirits produced by some of your favorite celebrities.
The Best Celebrity-Owned Alcohol Brands
George Clooney: Casamigos
Many tequila drinkers swear that when they sip high-quality, silver tequila, they won’t get a hangover the following day. Since tequila is made from the agave plant, it has different properties from other spirits made from grain. While we can’t guarantee you won’t be hungover, we promise that Clooney’s tequila is excellent. Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed by the smooth, well-balanced spirit.
Ryan Reynolds: Aviation
Ryan Reynolds didn’t create the gin he is associated with. Aviation was originally made in Portland, Oregon in 2006 by House Spirits Distillery. However, being a massive fan of the American style gin, Reynolds bought a stake in the brand in 2018. Aviation is a new-world style and ideal for those who prefer the spirit with a less prominent juniper flavor.
Cameron Diaz: Avaline
Cameron Diaz and partner in wine, Katherine Power (founder of minimalist beauty brand Merit), launched Avaline, a clean wine company in the middle of the pandemic. Their white wine blend, made from organic Spanish grapes, was an instant success. Today the duo makes four other wines, rosé, red, sparkling, and sparkling rose, but the white is still a personal favorite. It’s dry, crisp, and light—the perfect thing to sip on a warm spring day with girlfriends.
Brad & Angie: Miraval
While Diaz and Powers source grapes from organic generational producers, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie took a different route to become vintners. They purchased a French chateau named Miraval and hired a winemaking team to tend to the vineyards. They released their first bottle, a classic Provencal rosé, in 2013. It’s a fantastic rosé found on wine lists all over and sold everywhere. IJolie sold off her part of the brand in 2021, but Pitt remains primarily involved and was hands-on in producing the brand’s latest project, Champagne.
Conor McGregor: Proper No. 12
Martial artist Conor McGregor partnered with Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery to create Proper No. 12. The luscious copper liquor is well-balanced with vanilla, wood, and honey notes. A portion of every case sold is donated to first responder organizations around the world, so when you’re buying a bottle, you’re supporting a great cause, and that’s something to toast to. Cheers!
Dan Aykroyd: Crystal Head Vodka
SNL legend Dan Aykroyd joined forces with artist John Alexander to design Crystal Head Vodka’s cool skull bottle. The vodka is made in Canada using high-quality ingredients. The newest expression is made from agave grown at a single farm in Mexico. It’s a unique, easy-to-drink vodka that’s great in a simple vodka soda or more elaborate drinks like cosmopolitans.
John Legend: LVE
John Legend befriended Jean Charles Boisset, a boisterous Frenchman who owns extensive vineyards in Napa and France, to make his wine label—LVE. Legend Vineyard Exclusive consists of nine different types of wine, including Sonoma County Chardonnay, a classic California Cabernet Sauvignon, and my personal favorite, the sparkling French rosé. At $20 a bottle, it’s a fantastic price for a traditional French-style bubbly.
Bon Jovi: Hampton Water
Jon and Jesse Bon Jovi were enjoying a glass of rosé at their Hamptons’ home, joking about referring to the pink juice as Hampton’s water when they realized it was a great marketing idea. The father and son teamed up with Gérard Bertrand, a famous French winemaker known for rosé, and the rest is history. An icy cold goblet of Hampton Water is just the thing you want to drink when lounging poolside on a hot afternoon.
Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston: Dos Hombres
Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are behind Dos Hombres, an artisanal mezcal made from hand-picked Espadin agave grown in a small village in Oaxaca. Here, the actors discovered third-generation mezcal maker Gregorio Velasco and were instantly smitten with his product, a perfect mix of smokiness and smoothness. Enjoy Dos Hombres on the rocks or use it in a margarita instead of tequila. You’ll get a subtle spiciness from the smoke that is satisfying and delicious.
Dwayne Johnson: Teremana
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson prefers to do things his way, so naturally, when he decided to make tequila he opened a distillery. He chose a small-town high in Jalisco to be the home of Destileria Teremana de Agave. All three of Teremana’s ultra-premium expressions are made in small batches by hand, but it was Johnson’s mission to create a “tequila of the people.” Thus, a bottle won’t break the bank.
Sofia Coppola: Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola is the godfather of celebrity winemakers. In 1975, he used the proceeds from the first Godfather movie to purchase a premium winery in Napa Valley. His little project made its first vintage in 1977, and he’s been making wine, from Gewürztraminer to Petite Syrah, ever since. In 2004, Coppola introduced the world to canned wine with Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs, a delightful bubbly that’s sipped with a straw.
Jay-Z: Armand de Brignac
Jay-Z got into the wine game back in 2006 with the launch of Armand de Brignac, a prestige Champagne made at Chigny-les-Roses on the Montagne de Reims. Last year, the rapper sold half of the brand to LVMH, which promises to introduce it to consumers new to the sparkling wine world.
Bruno Mars: SelvaRey
SelvaRey means king of the jungle in Spanish, and this rum, from singer Bruno Mars, is made in the jungles of Panama. The terroir is ideal for sugarcane production, and the brand controls the entire process from growing to bottling, ensuring a boutique product. SelvaRay makes four types of rum, including coconut and chocolate flavors, but the white is the best expression of the brand—use it in a mojito or mai tai.
Steven Soderbergh: Singani 63
If you’ve never traveled to Bolivia, you’ve probably never tried singani, a clean, floral spirit made from Muscat of Alexandria grapes that grow in the Andes. That was certainly the case for Steven Soderbergh. When the director came across the never-before-heard-of liquor while filming Che, he was immediately taken away by its perfume-like aroma and herbal, peppery taste. He’s since developed his brand and convinced the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to recognize Singani as a particular category, similar to its South American counterparts, Pisco and Cachaça.
Vera Wang: Party
Fashion designer Vera Wang recently got into the drinks industry with a premium Prosecco Party. Made from Italian glara grapes grown in Piemonte, the bubbly is soft and fruit-forward with aromas of apple and peaches. Wang designed the matte silver bottle with neon yellow letters making sure that it stands out against a crowd of other Prosecco. It’s sure to get any party started!
Mary J. Blige: Sun Goddess
Pinot Grigio Ramato is made in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region, where the grapes and skins are allowed to blend for an extended period. It’s an ancient wine technique that results in a golden copper hue and rich flavorful taste. The blend is gaining popularity, and Mary J. Blige is a fan. Her Sun Goddess bottle is a textbook example of the orange ramato style.
Matthew McConaughey: Wild Turkey Longbranch
In 2016, Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey was named creative director of Wild Turkey's Kentucky-bourbon brand. His first product was released two years later and was a smashing success. Made with eight-year-old Wild Turkey bourbon, Longbranch is the brainchild of McConaughey and master distiller Eddie Russell. The two spent countless hours tasting bourbons and perfecting the filtration method to create the spirit’s full finish and smoky sweetness.
LeBron James: Lobos 1707
Lebron James loves tequila, and he’s not afraid to share his favorite brand, Lobos 1707, with the world. Earlier this month, the basketball legend posted a photo on Twitter of its latest release, an amber liquid in a clear bottle etched with a wolf's face. James is wearing all four of his NBA championship rings in the photo, proving the tequila is the stuff GOAT’s drink.
Drew Barrymore: Barrymore
When Drew Barrymore isn’t starring on her talkshow or promoting her beauty brand, she can be found enjoying a glass of her wine. Barrymore’s rosé is made from grapes grown in California’s central coast; it’s a delightful rosé that pairs well with oysters on the half-shell or four-cheese pizza.
Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev: Fresh Vine
Best friends Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev decided to make wine together one day after a night of partying. The Hollywood It girls were hungover and wondered what their lives would be like if they drank gluten-free wine with fewer calories, sugar, and carbs. They created Fresh Vine to be that clean alternative and, along with winemaker Jamey Whetstone, now make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, rosé, and our favorite, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Snoop Dogg: Indoggo
One of Snoop Dogg’s most famous songs is the 1994 classic “Gin and Juice,” in which the rapper rolls down the street while sipping a gin and orange-pineapple juice cocktail. Is it any surprise that he has his own brand of gin? We think not. Get a bottle of Indoggo gin and make an elevated version of the libation with grapefruit juice and rosemary simple syrup.
Kate Hudson: King St. Vodka
When actress Kate Hudson heard that no female was at the helm of a vodka brand, she decided to become the first to launch her own vodka. Geared toward women, the easy-to-drink King St. Vodka is superb in a dry martini or Moscow mule.