Top 10 Celebrities Who Have Their Own Alcohol

Script written by Aaron Cameron Some celebrities are foodies, and have their own celebrity restaurants. But, some just appreciate alcohol so much, they helped to create their own! From the extravagant like Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka, to the more chilled out MMMHops from the Hanson Brothers. Yes, those Hansons; the singers of MMMBop. See what they did there? Wines, whiskies, vodkas, tequilas, beers and even some celebrity-made ABSINTHE on this list!
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Top 10 Celebrities Who Have Their Own Alcohol


These drinks will do more than put your head in the stars - they'll have you rubbing shoulders with them. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrities Who Have Their Own Alcohol.

For this list, we're looking at celebrities from all walks of life who currently have or have previously had a wine, spirit, liqueur, or beer to their name. The celeb in question doesn’t need to stomp the grapes or brew the beer themselves, they just need to own or be formally affiliated with the brand or product. Alcoholic beverages that have been discontinued will be considered.

#10: Bill Murray

Slovenia Vodka
10 years after “Lost In Translation,” a film wherein his character struggles to promote Japanese whisky, Bill Murray found himself the very real spokesman and investor of a very real alcohol: Slovenia Vodka. Developed by Chef Peter X. Kelly as a smooth vodka that would pair well with food, it is a stand out in its category thanks to addition of buckwheat into its otherwise mostly winter-wheat mash. The result is a smoother than usual vodka with notes of lemon zest, white pepper, and butterscotch that impressed taste testers Murray and ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov enough to get them involved.

#9: Marilyn Manson

Mansinthe
There was a time when shock rocker Marilyn Manson couldn't get enough absinthe. This naturally-colored, well-balanced, wormwood-liquor is the natural end result of that obsession. Manson, known to share his love of absinthe with close friend Johnny Depp, was originally a Serpis Red man until deciding the world needed “Mansinthe”. Developed over a two-year period, and distilled by Oliver Matter AG in Switzerland, the green booze was presented to the world in August 2007. A fittingly 66.6% alcohol, and intended to be drunk in ratios of 1:2 or 1:4, Mansinthe was met with mixed reviews... but also scored gold at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

#8: Hanson

MmmHops
What better way to celebrate your 21st anniversary as a band than with a beer of your own? Brewed in partnership with Mustang Brewing, and the “flagship” beer of the Hanson Brothers Beer Company, the pale ale has notes of citrus, toffee, and grain and, at 7.5%, is rather strong. Cracking open a bottle of “MmmHops” (named after the band’s biggest hit) also means buying a “round” of clean drinking water for people in need - making the brew as noble as it is novel. Launched in May of 2013, the beer debuted at the premiere of The Hangover Part III and, for the most part, reviewed much better with the critics.

#7: Willie Nelson

Old Whiskey River Bourbon
Need a little something to “Willie Nelson” your mood but don't live in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, or a Dutch coffeeshop? Good news! Legal under all but the strictest of regimes, Willie Nelson's Old Whiskey River Bourbon can help take the edge off. Faring well against other bourbons in its price range, the 86 proofer also won a silver medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition. Crafted to Willie's requirements for a sweet, smooth bourbon, the whiskey was made in small batches, purified by Kentucky limestone, and comes with a signed guitar pick. Drinkers report notes of vanilla, oak, leather, and even “camp fire”.

#6: Pharrell Williams

Qream Liqueur
Available in strawberry or peach, and in an elegant, designer bottle, Qream failed to connect with its audience and dropped off the charts fairly quickly, but not for lack of trying. A creamy but dairy-free low-cal liqueur, it was envisioned by Pharrell as a luxurious and leisurely drink for women, but was instead marketed as a club drink - a move that was cited as drastically hurting sales. Developed over a two year period, and contracted for three years of distribution, Qream was canned by Diageo North America after just 18 months - resulting in Williams issuing a $5m lawsuit against the company, who he alleged were never all that supportive of his drink.

#5: Sean “Diddy” Combs

Cîroc Vodka
Diddy didn't think up the game-changing idea of making vodka from “snap-frost” grapes, nor did he demand that it be five times distilled for quality. In fact, Diddy wasn't even Cîroc's first brand ambassador. But he DID make it a hit. Founded in 2003 by Jean-Sebastien Robicquet- a vintner from a family with a centuries-old wine legacy– the brand was slumping by 2007. As a result, brand owner Diageo turned to Combs - giving him control of the brand in the United States and 50% of the profits. Since then, five flavors have been added to the product line and Cîroc has become one of the best selling vodkas worldwide in its category.

#4: Ludacris

Conjure Cognac
Crafted by Ludacris and master-blender Philippe B. Tiffon, Conjure was meant to compete with upscale cognac options at a more down market price point. Distilled in Cognac, France by Birkedal Hartmann, the brand hit the market in 2009 but appears to have died a quiet death in or around 2015. Blended from upwards of forty eaux-de-vie and aged in fifty-year old oak barrels, the cognac came in a classy bottle - that was actually covered in naked ladies - and a bold, old-money label. Conjure had hints of cocoa, hazelnut, cedar, and apricot, as well as vanilla and dried prune, and Luda himself enjoyed it with a splash of cola.

#3: Dan Aykroyd

Crystal Head Vodka
While not the only Ghostbuster to get involved with vodka, Dan Aykroyd does things... differently. Taking to Newfoundland - a province better known for rum drinking than vodka making - Aykroyd created a Kosher, gluten-free, additive-free quadruple distilled vodka from a “peaches & cream” corn mash. Weirder still, it's filtered seven times - three times through Herkimer diamonds. The method has resulted in multiple awards from around the globe. In 2015 the actor launched a second vodka, Aurora, made of North Yorkshire wheat. Vodka isn't the only alcohol in his cabinet, however. In addition to Dan Aykroyd Wines, he also holds the Canadian distribution rights to Patrón Tequila.

#2: George Clooney

Casamigos Tequila
Clooney and friend Rande Gerber had a simple mission when they founded Casamigos- a smooth drinking tequila that didn't need a chaser. Then neighbors in Mexico, the pair drank their share of tequila before deciding to have one tailored to their particular tastes - and liked the results so much that they exceeded their sample-quota. Forced to acquire a proper licence, they put their tequila on the market. Made from roasted Blue Weber agaves, Casamigo is available in Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo styles. Launched in 2013, the tequila picked up a gold at the 2014 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition and in 2015 was named a “Hot Prospect Brand" by Impact Magazine.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

David Beckham
Haig Club Scotch Whisky

Sammy Hagar
Sammy's Beach Bar Rum & Cabo Wabo Tequila

Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito's Premium Limoncello

#1: Justin Timberlake

Sauza 901 Tequila
Named for his hometown's area code, and the time of day the party starts jumpin', JT's good time juice has an interesting history. Following a stay in Jalisco, Mexico, Justin got the bug to make his own tequila, hooked up with the Tequilera Newton Distillery, and by 2012 earned gold in San Fran. In 2014, Timberlake partnered with Sauza Liquors to relaunch 901, leading to what is now Sauza 901 Tequila. Triple distilled from Blue Weber agave and fermented with a unique yeast blend, the end product is a tequila that both reviews well and drinks smooth. 901 is found in all three ages - and in JT's favorite cocktail, the Mexican Mule.
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