A high school friend of mine, Don Sniffen, recently shared a screenshot from the news on television, showing the top brands of celebrity-endorsed liquor. Got me to thinking that though I don’t buy things just because a celebrity tags their name to it, I have noticed over the years that celebrities can get attention to certain worthwhile causes when they associate with it. Thinking mostly of Princess Diana and how she walked through a minefield decades ago, in the hopes of raising awareness and hopefully banning the practice of hidden bombs.
Okay, well celebrity-endorsed liquor is nothing like that. But it works the same way: a celebrity raises awareness of a brand by attaching their name to it. So, I took to social media to ask the question, “What are your favorite celebrity booze brands?” Some of the answers surprised me, and I may be making some additions to my liquor cabinet based on them. Here they are:
Marleen R: I have Aviation before I even knew it was Ryan’s (Reynolds). It’s delicious!! There’s Teremana by Dwayne Johnson I was curious about, but I don’t drink straight tequila.
Laura G: Brothers Bond Bourbon.
Paul O: Sam Heughan Sassenach Whiskey. You have to order it online from Reserve Bar. Sign up for their mailing list. sassenachspirits.com
Dorothy D: Fuzzy’s Vodka, Fuzzy Zoeller the golf pro.
Michael F: Casamigos Blanca…BEFORE it was bought by Diageo! Sammy’s Beach Rum, white and macadamia infused are great for mixers. Ciroc Vodkas, several, for mixers. (It’s actually won a few blind tastings against other premium labels.) Blue Chair Coconut Rum. Robert Cavalli Vodka is very clean, multi distilled.
Karen B: Mod Rosé Champagne – Drake.
Veronica T: Miraval Rosé – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Jacklyn B: Redneck Riviera whiskey from John Rich.
Pattie W: I like Kenny Cheney’s rums.
Tamar H: Sagamore Spirit Rye. By the owner of Under Armour. It’s my husband’s favorite.
Philip H: George Clooney for Casamigos Tequila.
And from the Nightclub and Bar Show: There’s a certain Texan that works with Long Branch Bourbon. (Looked that up, it’s Matthew McConaughey!)
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.