Skip to main content

These Celebrity Liquors Ranked While Others Just Didn’t

Apparently, Post Malone makes a quality rosé, but Brad Pitt’s pink blush isn’t worth the cost. Who knew?

The personal finance editors at money.co.uk gathered together their years of collective knowledge sipping on celebrity-endorsed spirits to put together a roundup of the best-fermented fuel for your wallet. Editors determined the average cost of 85 celebrity-endorsed wine and liquors, then compared it with taste ratings to generate a list of which bottles offered the most bang for the buck. Let’s run through a few of the highlights.

An assortment of liquor bottles line a bar shelf.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Rounding out the top three were Idris Elba’s Champagne and rosé, Sarah Jessica Parker’s sauvignon blanc, and the aforementioned Post Malone rosé made the top three while Drake’s and David Beckham’s whiskeys found themselves at the bottom of the barrel.

The multitalented Elba, whose work includes parts in The Wire, The Office, Beasts of No Nation, Mandela, and many more, teamed up with Frenchman and wine expert David Farber. The pair met in 2018 at the Sanger viticultural school in Champagne, France, which eventually resulted in the Porte Noire winery. After the first bottles of the critically-acclaimed Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru vintage Champagne rolled out of its cellars in 2020, Porte Noire next set about creating a rosé.

After a trip to Provence, the duo chose Château Sainte Marguerite — a family-owned estate in Côtes de Provence — to supply grapes for what turned out to be “a mineral, crisp, refreshing, certified organic top-end Provence rosé.” Earning a 4.4 out of 5 stars from Vivino makes this bottle a solid deal at $28 retail; www.portenoire.co.uk.

Not to be outdone, the Circles and Sunflower hip-hop hitmaker Post Malone apparently pours a pretty solid rosé as well. Maison No. 9 is described as fruity and pleasant, and not too sweet, with wine.com’s tasting notes comparing the pink blush to “strolling through a pleasant garden.”

Malone himself said in a press release that, “Rosé is for when you want to get a little fancy. It’s a nice switch up.”

The pink punch sold out immediately in its initial release in 2020, but you can find it now at local retailers and at its website alongside all sorts of swag (including Maison No. 9 dog toys); maison9wine.com.

Further Reading

Moving onto the hard stuff, singer, songwriter, and dancer Jason Derulo’s Bedlam Vodka apparently offered the best combination of taste and value. The spirit has quite a rich history for only $21 a bottle. The ancestors of one of the company’s founders distilled the vodka from long-grain white rice during the potato famine over 170 years ago in Bedlam, Ireland. The family finally took this craft vodka to market a few years ago, debuting in only five states. Now, with Derulo’s backing, Bedlam is available for purchase online and in stores across the country; bedlamvodka.com/jasonderulo.

For a more complex liquor, Kendall Jenner is apparently rocking worlds with 818 Reposado Tequila. Earning an impressive 4.9 out of 5 stars at Distiller.com, the warm, honey-colored spirit is made from traditional methods — cooking agave plants in brick ovens for up to 40 hours and then crushing them using a tahona. The resulting double-distilled reposado tequila is aged in French oak barrels and blended with extra añejo tequila before bottling.

This elicits an aroma of peppers and herbs with “a lovely marzipan that carries underneath it all,” according to flaviar.com. 818’s flavor profile mixes in layers of brown butter, exotic spices, and streaks of caramel and marmalade. At $54 a bottle, the 818 Tequila isn’t cheap, but it’s spicy with a hint of sweet, like any reposado worth its weight; drink818.com.

Why, then, did Canadian rap star Drake come in last? His $39 bottles of Virginia Black American Whiskey received a failing 2.8 stars out of 5 on distiller.com. The description, however, doesn’t so much criticize the blend as to not extol it.

The whiskey is a blend of two, three, and four-year-old bourbons with a high rye content sourced from Midwest Grain Products of Indiana. Arriving in a well-dressed, dapper art deco glass bottle, Stephanie Moreno’s notes describe the whiskey as having a “vanilla smoked profile with a dollop of caramel.” Sweet on the tongue, Virginia Black apparently tastes like it smells. Described as “overall pleasant and easy to drink,” the whiskey doesn’t sound like a bad option to try if you’re into whiskeys on the sweet side. Coming from the land of maple leafs, we shouldn’t be surprised by this offering from Drake; virginiablackwhiskey.com.

Read More: Patrón and Hennessy NFT Offer Exclusive Spirits Via BlockBar

Matthew Denis
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Matt Denis is an on-the-go remote multimedia reporter, exploring arts, culture, and the existential in the Pacific Northwest…
What is a gruit, and where can you find one?
Gruit, the beer made without hops that you need to try
Beer snifter chalice glass

Most beers you know and love today have four primary ingredients: water, barley, hops, and yeast. That’s largely due to the centuries-old German beer purity law, or reinheitsgebot, which demanded that beer be made exclusively using these ingredients and set the standard for today’s brews. 
But beer is an ancient beverage — historians believe its story stretches back to 5th millennium BC in Iran and went on to be enjoyed by the likes of Egyptian pharaohs and the Greek philosophers. However, if Socrates or Tutankhamun ever enjoyed a pint in their days, the beer was likely missing one of those four critical ingredients: the hop.
In today’s hop-hungry climate of India pale ales (and hazy IPAs, New England IPAs, as well as milkshake IPAs, and others), it seems impossible that beer could exist without hops. The fact is that many other natural ingredients can serve as substitutes for the bittering, aromatic, and flavoring characteristics of hops. Today, if a beer relies on other herbs to fill the "hops" role, the beverage is classified as a gruit.

Gruit is the German word for herb. Instead of depending on hops, these brews use exotic additives like bog myrtle, horehound, elderflowers, and yarrow to offset the sweetness of the malts and create a more complex beverage.
Thanks to the creativity of modern breweries, you don’t have to travel back to the Middle Ages to find a gruit (though if you can, please let us in on your time travel technology). You can try them right now, but you will have to do some detective work.
“Authentic” gruits can be tough to find in the mainstream marketplace. That’s because some laws require hops to be present for a product to be sold as beer. Not having the “beer” title would limit distribution and sales channels for some breweries.  To illustrate how rare gruits are in the current marketplace, there are currently 32,576 American IPAs listed on the Beer Advocate database and only 380 gruits.
But don’t despair — this list will help you get started on the path toward discovering modern versions of the ancient ale. Start your gruit journey here:

Read more
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul’s competing recipes for National Michelada Day
Smokey, fruity, or spicy - there's a Michelada recipe for every taste
national michelada day modelo x dos hombres hero image 1

Today, July 12, is National Michelada Day, so that's the ideal excuse to kick back with this classic Mexican beer cocktail. Beer cocktails aren't the easiest thing to create as beer has such a low alcohol percentage and high amount of water compared to spirits -- but when you get it right, there are few things more refreshing. As the beloved combination of Mexican lager, lime, and tomato juice proves, there's a great way to mix almost any ingredient.

Another fun aspect of the Michelada is its flexibility. You can use clamato juice in place of the tomato juice, pour in an extra shot of spirit, and add whatever combination of hot sauces or umami sauces that your heart desires. As the drink is traditionally served in a glass with a salt rim, you can also add bonus flavors here like making a chili salt or using salt and pepper. And of course you can garnish with anything from fruit to pickles.

Read more
Make a party punch in a snap with this Fancy Long Island Iced Tea recipe
Julianna McIntosh's Fancy Long Island Iced Tea with Boozy Ice Cubes
fancy long island iced tea unnamed 5

Here at The Manual, we love a big bowl of punch for a summer party when you have a bunch of friends coming round and you want to serve tasty drinks to everyone without any fuss. And with a few extra flourishes, like fresh fruit and fancy ice cubes, you can turn any simple punch recipe into something really special.

A new recipe from Julianna McIntosh, aka join_jules, makes use of ready to drink cans of Cutwater Long Island Iced Tea to make creating a punch even easier. McIntosh shows off her punch recipe in a new Instagram Reel, which includes making boozy ice cubes with edible flowers ahead of time. These cool the drink but don't water it down as they melt, which is a genius hack especially for hot summer parties.

Read more