From Kate Hudson to Rita Ora to Sarah Jessica Parker, these inspiring women and the talent they possess seems to know no bounds. As the liquor industry (like many of them) is generally a male-dominated profession, it is important to note that times are slowly changing.
Since March is International Women’s History Month, The bottle club brought together some of the best alcoholic brands founded by famous female faces. Cheers!
Próspero Tequila – Rita Ora
Do you know what’s hot right now? Rita Ora’s flourishing tequila brand. The singer, with an Oscar nomination and four UK No. 1s under her belt, launched the brand with legendary distiller Stella Anguiano. Recognized as one of Mexico’s top distillers, the brand strives hard to represent women’s empowerment and Anguiano’s heritage, earning it a top 10 spot in the World Tequila Awards. Ora admitted that the tequila industry is very male-dominated, emphasizing the importance of women like Anguiano paving the way for others.
818 – Kendall Jenner
Named after the prestigious postal code of her place of residence, the 818 Tequila Blanco would express all her passion for the spirit of agave, as she says herself, it is “simply perfect”. But don’t just take Kendall’s word for it. Despite criticism over advertising, the tequila has already won numerous awards, including the gold medal at the microLiquor Spirit Awards and the innovation award at the SIP Awards.
Skinnygirl – Bethenny Frankel
Aptly named, the low-calorie brand was created by reality TV royalty Bethenny Frankel, who appeared on The Real Housewives of New York City for eight seasons. The line was founded for those who love a drink but hate the sugar that comes with it and sold in 2011 for a whopping $100 million. However, Bethenny continued to use her entrepreneurial spirit and retain the rights to the Skinnygirl name, launching lines of low-calorie/carb foods, dressings, and even clothing.
Avaline – Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power
This dynamic duo is made up of actress Cameron Diaz and best friend and fashion designer Katherine Power, who took their passion for wine to the next level by founding organic wine company Avaline. Desperate to break the mold and launch a brand that eschewed commercial farming, added sugar and harmful ingredients, the best friends are now reaping the benefits of the successful business – the title of which was, surprisingly, chosen from a book of first names.
King St Vodka – Kate Hudson
How to launch your own line of gluten-free vodka in 10 days? Effortless, says Kate Hudson, Hollywood movie star, best-selling author and entrepreneur. Inspired by Hudson’s love of throwing parties at his King Street address, the vodka gets its smooth taste by being distilled seven times, in addition to being mixed with alkaline water. Clean and crisp, the vodka reaches an impressive 43% volume, making it ideal for a dirty martini.
Invivo X – Sarah Jessica Parker
And just like that… Sarah Jessica Parker collaborates with Invivo wines in 2019, launching her own range of tipples. The rosé and sauvignon blanc ranges have won an impressive number of accolades, including a gold medal at the 2019 Wine Awards and a gold medal at the New Zealand International Wine Show. With two Emmys, four Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild awards to their credit, SJP is a force to be reckoned with.
Onda – Shay Mitchell
Proving to be much more than just a pretty little liar, the award-winning actress launched her bubbly canned tequila company, Onda, in 2020. Co-founded with Kelli Adams, Noah Gray and Max Dworin, the group has strived to build a business focusing on natural, clean ingredients and premium Tequila Blanco based on their love of spirit. Inspired by 90s surfer vibes, the canned drinks were designed to transport you to a sunny white sand beach and are best served with a female power chaser.
Kylie – Kylie Minogue
If anything can turn the Aussie singer around, it’s the launch of the UK’s No.1 rosé brand that continues to grow and develop. Business is booming, with its Kylie Chardonnay winning the Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2020, while its Côtes de Provence line of rosés scored an impressive 90 points in Decanter magazine. Annabel’s exclusive private members club serves the signature rosé by the glass, making it easier than ever for everyone to do the Loco-Motion.
Although International Women’s History Month only happens once a year, the business-savvy entrepreneurship of these celebrities underscores that even the most male-dominated industries have the potential to change.
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