22 alcohol brands you didn't realize were owned by celebrities

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"Breaking Bad" stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston have a mezcal label. Todd Williamson/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

  • Many celebrities have created, collaborated with, or invested in wine labels and liquor brands.

  • Nick Jonas has his own premium tequila line, Villa One Tequila.

  • A variety of stars are owners or partial owners of tequila labels, including George Clooney, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Justin Timberlake.

  • Actors Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad" have their own mezcal.

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It seems that celebrities rarely reach a certain level of prominence without having at least one branded product in their name, be it a fragrance, clothing line, or a collection of wellness items. In some cases, stars even choose to tie their name to different types of alcohol.

Although it's common practice for stars to work as brand ambassadors and spokespeople for alcohol companies, some celebrities have been inspired to get into the business and creative side of the wine and spirits industries.

From low-calorie cocktails to specialty wines, here are some celebrity-owned and celebrity-concocted brands and bottles you might not know about.

Post Malone has a rosé wine.

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Post Malone

Post Malone is a musician. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Described as "very smooth," Post Malone's French Riviera rosé launched in summer 2020.

The musician created it in partnership with James Morrissey, a longtime music manager and cofounder of London Entertainment.

The wine is described as having aromas of freshly picked fruit, like pear, pineapple, and strawberry. A bottle retails for around $22.

Shay Mitchell is one of the cofounders behind a line of sparkling tequila-based drinks.

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Shay Mitchell has a line of sparkling tequila drinks. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Shay Mitchell is one of the people behind Onda, a line of canned sparkling tequila beverages that come in lime and grapefruit flavors. Each 12-ounce can is 100 calories and contains tequila from a woman-owned distillery in Mexico.

"The flavors were inspired by two classic drinks," the "Pretty Little Liars" star told People. "A lime margarita and grapefruit paloma."

Actress Kate Hudson has a craft vodka label.

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Kate Hudson's vodka label is called King St. Vodka. Rich Fury/Getty Images

Actress Kate Hudson is behind King St. Vodka, a gluten-free vodka that's crafted using alkaline water. It's made in Santa Barbara, California, and is distilled seven times.

The vodka is sold in 750-milliliter bottles with floral labels and each is 43% alcohol by volume.

Cameron Diaz has an organic wine brand.

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Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz partnered with Katherine Power for her wine brand. Getty

Partnering with Katherine Power, founder of the fashion website Who What Wear, Cameron Diaz released Avaline, which has an organic white and organic rosé wine.

While on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" in July, Diaz said the brand's name came from a list of baby names.

Snoop Dogg is a shareholder for a fruity Brazilian spirit.

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Snoop Dogg has worked in the liquor industry a few times. Sean M. Haffey / Getty

In 2014, Snoop Dogg signed a deal with Brazilian spirit Cuca Fresca to become a shareholder and ambassador, per Forbes. Cuca Fresca produces cachaça, which is a fruity liquor distilled from fermented sugarcane juice.

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to working with liquor labels, either.

Recently, he also partnered with the Australian commercial wine label 19 Crimes to launch Snoop Cali Red — and the bottle even features the rapper's face.

The wine is a blend of 65% Petite Syrah, 30% Zinfandel, and 5% Merlot, and is set to retail for around $12.

He also has INDOGGO Gin, his first owned-and-operated project.

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Snoop Dogg has created some cocktails, too. AP

In September 2020, Snoop Dogg announced the launch INDOGGO Gin, which is a mix of premium botanicals infused with a strawberry flavor and citrus finish.

The rapper also created signature cocktails to go with the gin— the "OG Gin and Juice" and the "Laidback."

A bottle that's roughly 25 ounces typically retails for $30.

"Outlander" star Sam Heughan has his own blended scotch whisky.

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Sam Heughan

Sam Heughan is a Scottish actor. David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

On "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Scottish actor Sam Heughan said that he's been working on creating a scotch whisky for a long time.

It's called The Sassenach, and it is distilled in Scotland. The beverage is said to taste of peach, honey, apricot and butterscotch with scents of almonds, citrus fruits, and vanilla.

The label launched in the US in March.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has a tequila label.

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Dwayne Johnson's tequila label launched in 2020. Christopher Polk/Getty Images

In October 2019, the actor announced he'd be launching the label Teremana Tequila, writing on Instagram that "TERA is meant to represent 'Terre' which means of the earth and MANA is our powerful Polynesian spirit that guides us."

He said it's been his dream to create high-quality, hand-crafted tequila and that he spent years working on this brand.

The label officially launched in March with a slow roll-out. It currently comes in blanco and reposado varieties.

Idris Elba launced Porte Noire in 2020.

FILE PHOTO: Actor Idris Elba arrives for the world premiere of the movie "Cats" in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 16, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
FILE PHOTO: Actor Idris Elba arrives for the world premiere of the movie "Cats" in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 16, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Actor Idris Elba has partnered with French estates to release wine and champagne. Reuters

In 2020, the actor partnered with two French estates to release the collection of wine, which includes a vintage Chardonnay and rosé.

He said he came up with the idea to release a Champagne label after a trip with his now-wife, Sabrina Dhowre.

Actor Kyle MacLachlan went from "Twin Peaks" to rolling, vineyard hills with Pursued by Bear wine.

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Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan played an agent on "Twin Peaks." Jordan Strauss/Invision for IFC/AP

The actor, known for playing Agent Dale Cooper in the "Twin Peaks" saga, is also the owner and face of Pacific-Northwest winery Pursued by Bear.

The fun, literary-inspired name of the brand is a reference to a famously vague Shakespearean stage direction: "Exit, pursued by a bear."

The winery has been in operation since 2005 and its wines have been regularly well-reviewed by industry publications for years.

In 2018, Ryan Reynolds purchased boutique gin-producer Aviation Gin.

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Ryan Reynolds is also a spokesperson for the Aviation Gin company. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

You may have seen the actor's face on ads for the Portland-based gin brand but he's more than just a spokesperson for Aviation Gin. He's also the owner of the company as of February 2018.

According to Fortune, his involvement is more on the business side of things than the distilling side, but his interest in the company came from his preference for the gin itself.

In September 2018, Aviation Gin told Fortunate that Reynolds plays "an active role in the day-to-day business and oversees creative direction" for the company.

In 2017, Sammy Hagar of Van Halen and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 launched Santo, a brand of mezquila.

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Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine at Levine's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP

A pairing of musicians is behind this "first of its kind" liquor combo.

Mezquila is a blend of mezcal and tequila and the idea behind this combination is to balance the smoky flavor of mezcal with the blue-agave flavor of tequila.

"After three or four shots [of Santo], you feel like you smoked a cigar," Hagar told USA Today in 2017. A 750-mL bottle of Santo typically retails for around $50.

Actor Dan Aykroyd is the cofounder and co-owner of Crystal Head Vodka.

Actor Dan Aykroyd poses for photographs while he promotes his new Crystal Head Vodka
Actor Dan Aykroyd poses for photographs while he promotes his new Crystal Head Vodka

Dan Aykroyd posing with Crystal Head Vodka. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

The "Ghostbusters" star partnered with artist John Alexander to create this special, sugar-free vodka. The idea for the brand came from Aykroyd's desire for an additive-free vodka.

Sold in a distinct, skull-shaped bottle, the vodka is free of additives and is filtered multiple times through semi-precious crystals known as Herkimer diamonds.

Drake is one of the collaborators behind the luxury whiskey brand Virginia Black.


Drake has been in a commercial for the liquor. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Working with Brent Hocking, founder of DeLeón Tequila, Drake launched the spirit in 2016.

The whiskey is known for its stylish bottle and for having an impressive Instagram following of over 67,000 followers. A 750-mL bottle typically retails for around $42.

Drake was even in a commercial for the spirit in 2017.

DeLeón Tequila also has a celebrity owner – Sean "Diddy" Combs.

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Sean Combs has an entire company dedicated to wine and spirits. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

This luxury tequila first launched in 2009 and it is sold in fragrance-grade glass bottles.

In 2014, following the success of their investment in Cîroc Vodka, Combs and Hocking acquired the DeLeón brand as part of the company Combs Wine & Spirits.

George Clooney became one of the cofounders of Casamigos tequila in 2013.

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George Clooney partnered with Rande Garber and Mike Meldman to create the tequila. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner

The actor worked with Rande Garber, nightlife entrepreneur and husband to Cindy Crawford, and Mike Meldman, a real-estate tycoon, to create this tequila that's made in Jalisco, Mexico.

"What was really important for George and I was that we have the best tequila, but we make it affordable for everyone," Garber told Business Insider in 2017. "We wanted everyone to be able to drink it and not be exclusive."

In 2017, liquor company Diageo bought the brand at a high valuation of $1 billion — what the Wall Street Journal estimated to shake out to $500 per bottle (a 750-mL bottle of Casamigos actually retails for closer to $50 to $55).

You might recognize the label from Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's royal wedding, as Brooksbank is the European brand manager for Casamigos tequila.

Justin Timberlake collaborated with Casa Sauza to create Sauza 901.

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Justin Timberlake has a tequila brand. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Per Forbes, the singer initially launched his own tequila in 2009. The triple-distilled tequila is known for its smoothness and it won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012.

The "901" in the drink's name is a nod to Timberlake's hometown area code in Memphis, Tennessee, according to Forbes.

Most recently, Timberlake partnered with Sauza to relaunch the beverage in 2014.

Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has been in the wine business almost as long as the movie business.

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Francis Ford Coppola and Gia Coppola at the launch for Gia By Gia Coppola. Jason Kempin/Getty Images

From movies to wine, the Coppola family has a diverse empire.

The "Godfather" director and his wife, Eleanor, purchased part of the Inglenook Winery estate in 1975 and later went on to launch a Coppola-branded winery and a well-known family of wines.

His granddaughter, Gia Coppola, and daughter, Sofia Coppola, also have their own collection of wines.

In 2009, Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel created the Skinnygirl beverage brand.

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Bethenny Frankel was on "The Real Housewives of New York." Star Shooter/MediaPunch/IPX/AP

Although you may know her first and foremost as a reality star who was on "The Real Housewives of New York," Frankel has been in business for about as long as she's been on TV.

Created in 2009, Skinnygirl began as a brand that offered low-calorie versions of margaritas.

In 2011, Frankel partnered with the beverage company Beam Suntory in a reported $100-million-dollar deal to expand the brand's offerings to include wines, flavored vodkas, and more ready-to-drink cocktails.

As of June 2020, Frankel is still the company's CEO.

Sammy Hagar from Van Halen and Guy Fieri crafted a tequila together.

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Sammy Hagar and Guy Fieri created a tequila together. Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Los Santos: Santo Puro Mezquila

Guy Fieri and Sammy Hagar of the group Van Halen partnered up to create a tequila called Santo Fino Blanco. It's made with 100% blue Weber agave

In the past, Hagar has launched a tequila with Adam Levine, the front man of Maroon 5.

"Breaking Bad" co-stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have their own mezcal.

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bryan cranston aaron paul emmys

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have been working together for years. Frank Micelotta/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images

The actors partnered to launch Dos Hombres, an "artesanal mezcal" that's meant to be shared.

According to the brand's Instagram, the pair concocted this idea a few years ago while talking about their future career endeavors.

Per the Dos Hombres website, this mezcal is "a unique blend of the finest Espadin agave, hand-selected from the hillsides of a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico."

Nick Jonas, of the American pop-rock trio the Jonas Brothers, has his own premium tequila brand, Villa One Tequila.

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Nick Jonas is a member of the Jonas Brothers. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Nick Jonas and fashion designer John Varvatos came up with the idea to launch their own tequila brand during a trip to Mexico in 2018 with family and friends.

The pair teamed up with master distiller Arturo Fuentes and the Stoli Group to bring Villa One Tequila to life.

"When we brought our friends together over tequila in Mexico, we learned that we share the same values — enjoying time with friends and family, old and new, one glass at a time," Jonas said in a statement given to Insider.

Villa One Tequila is currently available in silver, reposado, and anejo varieties.

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