Celebrities are putting their stamp on everything lately, from presidential candidates to clothing lines. Thankfully the newest wave of star endorsements is something club-hopping celebs actually know about: booze. From rap stars shilling vodka to film directors pushing wine, celebrities are now in the business of getting you tipsy. All we need now is a Tara Reid-brand whiskey.
Sofia Blanc de Blanc
Director Francis Ford Coppola created this sparkling white wine to celebrate the marriage of his indie movie-making daughter, Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," "Virgin Suicides"), to director Spike Jonze ("Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich"). The marriage fizzled, but this slightly fruity wine went over so well that the father-daughter duo began selling the wine in mini 187 mL cans and by the bottle. At Fulton Lounge, the West Loop's trendy see-and-be-seen spot, the slender, lipstick-red cans come with an expandable straw and sell for $8. Order a bottle of Blanc de Blanc ($32), served in pink cellophane in a glowing pink bucket. Tres chic.
Jay-Z and his fellow Roc-A-Fella Records cronies helped develop and now own Armadale Vodka, a hand-crafted, triple-distilled premium liquor. Served in a sleek, translucent bottle, it's available at Reunion in the West Loop. The club mixes it with cranberry and serves it with a lime twist ($7). Although Jay-Z is reportedly saying goodbye to Roc-A-Fella, the label says that will have no effect on the vodka brand. But that doesn't mean Jay-Z won't eventually have a liquor to call his own--rumor has it he's in talks with Grey Goose to launch his own brand of cognac.
Trader Todd's Adventure Beer
Ogre, Ogre, Ogre! Bring back memories? Don Gibb, the beer-guzzling guy in the in the '80s "Revenge of the Nerds" flicks, ought to know a thing or two about brew. So it's not much of a stretch that he teamed up with his buddy Todd (of Trader Todd's) and brewed this traditional lager ($4). OK, so he doesn't have the star quality of Paris Hilton, but the man makes a mean beer.
"It tastes like an amaretto sour, but it's way stronger than that sh--," says Lil' Flip, the rapper responsible for the hit "I Can Do Dat!" Lil's pineapple-flavored liqueur is featured in the red pineapple martini at Rednofive, which mixes Lucky Nites with orange vodka, a splash of pineapple and grenadine, and serves it in a martini glass garnished with a maraschino cherry ($9). Tasty, but cloyingly sweet--just wait for the hangover to kick in.
With such a cheeky name, it's no surprise a porn star is behind this pink energy bev. Promoted by adult-film actress Gina Lynn, the drink supposedly tastes like cherry cream soda and comes in a bottle printed with the drink's mascot, Poosie the Cat, as well as artwork of a scantily clad woman (the "bottle model" changes monthly). Word has it that bars will start carrying the brand shortly, but if you want to check out the bottle, head to Richard's Bar, a West Loop dive, which has a sample.
Kami Bremyer is a metromix special contributor.Originally publishe November 2, 2004.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times