Photo Credit: Haig Club
In addition to his many other talents, David Beckham is the latest in a long line of celebrities to launch his own alcohol brand.The former LA Galaxy player and world-renowned soccer stud has launched his own Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky in collaboration with music manager Simon Fuller and liquor purveyor Diageo. The single malt’s packaging looks as good as Beckham himself: the Scotch, which has sweet notes of butterscotch and toffee, is housed in a dark blue bottle that is reminiscent of a luxe men’s cologne bottle.
Though the liquor is only on sale at Selfridges in London at the moment, it’s expected to have a wider release by month’s end. It also got us thinking about other celebs who have successfully launched their own liquor brands. Here are 9 of our favorites.
We love this smooth tequila from George Clooney and best pal Rande Gerber almost as much as we love Gerber’s fantastic Caliche rum. What we appreciate most is the meaning behind its name: “Casamigos” means “house of friends,” which is apt, given that the idea for this tequila was conceived by the two in Mexico while enjoying time together in their own house of friends.
Photo Credit: Casamigos
Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie and rapper Pitbull are the brand ambassadors and co-owners behind this low-calorie vodka line, which claims to have between 25 and 40 percent fewer calories than most vodka brands. That’s light music to our ears!
Photo Credit: Voli Vodka
CRYSTAL HEAD VODKA
Dan Akyroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka is no laughing matter: the comedian is quite serious about his new venture, which launched in 2008. The vodka is quadruple-distilled and seven times filtered, the final three filtrations being through 500-million-year-old Herkimer diamond crystals. It is additive-free, gluten-free, and kosher certified. Believe it or not, the crystals through which it’s distilled are also meant to have spirtual
Photo Credit: Crystal Head vodka
Justin Timberlake brought sexy back to the liquor market when he launched his 901 Silver Tequila in 2009. The brand is named after the 901 area code in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.
Photo Credit: 901 Tequila
Photo Credit: DeLeon Tequila
Sean “Diddy” Combs turned Ciroc vodka into a half-a-billion earning venture before recently purchasing the boutique brand DeLeón in a joint venture with Diageo last year.
Photo Credit: Conjure Cognac
Rapper Ludacris founded Conjure Cognac in 2009 to great fanfare. He was actually involved in the blending of this cognac, which was distilled in France by master blender Philippe B. Tiffon.
AVIATION AMERICAN GIN
Photo Credit: Aviation Gin
NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana is an investor in Aviation Gin, which was co-founded by Portland, Ore. bartender Ryan Magarian. He’s no stranger to the beverage industry though: he owned a Midwestern beer distributorship in the 90s’ and also partnered with Sbragia Family Vineyards to create the Montagia Cabernet Sauvignon.
TY KU SAKE
Photo Credit: Ty Ku
Former “The Voice” mentor Cee Lo Green is a partial owner in the fun and fabulous Ty Ku sake company. He made the decision to become a partial owner because he loved the product so much; in particular the Ty Ku Citrus Liqueur, a blend of low-calorie soju, fruit, tea and botanicals. The bottle’s color is, of course, green.
Bill Murray and Mikhail Baryshnikov teamed up to make Slovenia Vodka the renowned brand it is today. The actor and choreographer/ballet dancer were initially part of a tasting panel, and loved the vodka—which is made with buckwheat and water sourced directly from the Slovenian Alps— so much that that they became investors.
Photo Credit: Slovenia Vodka