It seems like once you reach a certain level of fame, it’s time to enter the liquor business. Liquor brands are one of the trendiest entrepreneurial ventures for our favorite celebrities. We get it — it’s a luxurious product to promote, the marketing is almost always sexy, and we imagine the paychecks are definitely worthwhile. I mean, some of these celebs have labels with price tags in the tens of millions, and it’s not even their main gig.
However, with so many celebrity liquor brands on the market, it can be hard to gauge which ones are actually well-made, high-quality spirits. Many are simply not worth your time, some are so-so but wouldn’t last on the market without the celebrity endorsement, and some actually compete with other established spirits labels. We’ve included a bunch from the last category here.
Let us be your guide when it comes to navigating this promotionally saturated landscape and knowing which celebs to trust for your next cocktail hour. We’ve included the best celebrity liquor brands below. All of them are available to order online at the links below and cost less than $100. Pick up a bottle or two, pour over ice and enjoy it like the stars do.
1. Casamigos Blanco Tequila — George Clooney
Ah, Clooney. He’ll never go out of style. His tequila is also top-notch. He’s got two varieties, Blanco and Reposado, both of which go down smooth and clean. The Blanco goes down easier than other tequilas, and the Reposado’s smokey, caramel notes complement the overall flavor profile quite well. This tequila has gone mainstream for a simple reason: it’s good. It’s also a Clooney creation, in case you didn’t know.
2. Próspero Tequila Blanco — Rita Ora
Rita Ora serves as the Chief Creative Partner for this tequila brand in collaboration with Stella Anguiano, one of the world’s few female master distillers, out of Jalisco, Mexico. It’s made from roasting hand-selected agave hearts and choosing only the best mixes for the spirit’s final cut. This tequila is made by women, for women to enjoy all around the world. Everything from the shape of the bottle to the hand-stuffed corks shows a female touch and solidifies its unique presence within the market. The taste includes a flavor profile rich with banana chips and hints of spearmint.
3. Wild Turkey Long Branch Whiskey — Matthew McConaughey
Of course McConaughey’s got his own whiskey brand, right? His signature southern drawl just screams whiskey. The great news is that it’s actually pretty good. Or, should we say, alright alright alright?
McConaughey started off doing commercials for Wild Turkey in 2016, and it wasn’t long before he decided to try his hand at making a product of his own. They put work into this whiskey with an American white oak filtration and Texas mesquite charcoal finish. It’s got the silky smoothness you’d expect from bourbon along with caramel and toffee aromas that pair well with the sweet honey notes and citrusy orange finish.
Anyone want an Old Fashioned after reading that?
4. Cincoro Blanco Tequila — NBA Players
What do you do when you retire before the age of 40? You can only play so many rounds of golf, after all. Five former NBA players (and rivals) created a tequila together that’s actually pretty great. It’s a collaboration between Michael Jordan, Jeanie Buss, Wes Edens, Emilia Fazzalari and Wyc Grousbeck. Together, they’ve created a premium tequila that feels just as luscious as other mixes without that alcohol burn that simmers in your throat. While this bottle didn’t make our list of the best tequila, that doesn’t mean it’s forgettable. Even when sipped at room temperature you’ll be able to enjoy the layered aromas of green peppers and pinches of grapefruit. Enjoy mixed in or over ice if you’re a sipping tequila kind of guy.
5. King St. Vodka — Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson, an entrepreneurial queen, created her own vodka after discovering that none of the vodkas in her bar cart were to her liking — and none were created by women. This vodka brand is entirely made in Santa Barbara, California and distilled seven times for purity. It’s also made with alkaline water, is gluten-free and completely non-GMO. This vodka is named after Hudson’s home in Manhattan where she used to host glamorous parties with friends. Along with her athletic wear company Fabletics, this is another entrepreneurial venture for the Hollywood starlet and mother of three.
6. Heaven’s Door Straight Rye Whiskey — Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has an award-winning, hand-crafted whiskey collection called Heaven’s Door Spirits, and his rye whiskey is one of the best products in the line. It’s got that distinctive whiskey taste and a unique rye bite that distinguishes it from his other mixes. He also has his Double Barrel Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey if those types are what you tend to lean towards. The bottle has Bob Dylan written all over it, with the welded iron gates synonymous with his metalworking studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks.
This rye whiskey is finished in toasted oak cigar barrels and air dried in the mountainous French countryside. It’s an accessible whiskey even for novice drinkers and finishes off with hints of orange peel, spice and coriander. Decadence? Yup. But it’s still affordable for a top-shelf whiskey.
7. Aviation Gin — Ryan Reynolds
You may have heard about Ryan Reynolds’ gin brand. This spirits company dates back to 2006 when it introduced an accessible gin for the masses named after a famously banned label from the prohibition era. In 2018 Reynolds invested heavily in the company, which launched a marketing campaign featuring witty commercials and the actor’s familiar persona.
If you’re not typically a gin drinker or have been turned off by dry London gins, then this American gin mix will suit you. It’s fruity and peppery with just the right amount of spice. It all layers on top of an orange base with hints of juniper-infused simple syrup. Delish.
8. Mansinthe — Marilyn Manson
If Marilyn Manson was going to put his name on a liquor, it only makes sense for it to be Mansinthe right? If you’re interested in absinthe, the famous death heavy metal singer created his own years back that still stacks up among the rest. It contains wormwood along with anise-flavored spirits from herbs, flowers and leaves from the medicinal plant Artemisia absinthium. It’s got everything you want in absinthe, if that’s the kind of thing you’re into, and it’s ranked quite highly among those who are.
9. Virginia Black American Whiskey — Drake
When you think of Drake, what comes to mind? Suave, smooth, class? All of these words describe him well, and the same goes for his whiskey brand. It’s a mix of two, three and four-year aged bourbon whiskey that’s got a high-rye content and a decadent finish to the profile. It’s a relatively mellow American whiskey made for the masses at only 80 proof, so experienced whiskey drinkers and general spirit drinkers alike will enjoy it.
10. Crystal Head Vodka — Dan Aykroyd and John Alexander
This statement piece liquor bottle will certainly draw eyes on your bar cart, but is it actually quality vodka? The answer is yes. It’s created in Newfoundland, Canada and is a multi-award-winning ultra-premium vodka. This collaboration between actor Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexander will decorate as much as it will satisfy. It leads with citrus and includes hints of white pepper throughout for a well-rounded flavor profile. It’s also got a sweetness to it with a hint of vanilla and warms the palate all the way to the finish.
It’s distilled using high-quality peaches, cream corn and blended into a neutral grain spirit using the fresh, untouched waters of Newfoundland. It’s then filtered seven times, three of which are through layers of Herkimer diamonds. Yup, diamonds. It’s got no additives, except for pure luxury.
11. Ciroc Snap Frost Grape Vodka — Sean “Diddy” Combs
It’s a liquor synonymous with luxury for a reason. Ciroc Vodka is still owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs and based out of San Diego, California. It’s made using grape spirits, which gives it a floral perfume with fruity raspberry and rose petal notes. While most vodkas are made using potatoes or wheat, Ciroc is the world’s first and only vodka made from grapes.
The grapes are distilled five times before they’re added to the mix, and all in the same pot for the strongest flavor. The “frost” in the name comes from the grapes the vodka’s made of, which freeze on the vine during the fall and winter and are cold-pressed to extract the ice crystals and juices. This gives the vodka a sweet, polished finish closely resembling grappa. Ciroc is one of the original star-powered spirits, and it’s still one of the best celebrity liquor brands on the market.
12. Sauza 901 Silver Tequila — Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake’s passion for the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into crafting a bottle of tequila led him to collaborate with one of the most famous tequila distillers in Mexico — Casa Sauza — in an effort to reach fans and share his inspiration with others. The result was this bottle of Sauza 901, a spicy, dry, grassy tequila carefully distilled to preserve the flavors.
Timberlake’s tequila brand goes through a unique triple-distillation process as opposed to the traditional double distillation you see with most tequilas. It’s packed with vegetal agave notes, black pepper and touches of citrus and lemon. It also ends on a sugary note, an unexpected and unique touch to the flavor profile.