Gift Like a Star

T his holiday season, sprinkle stardust on your gifting strategy with celebrity-inspired bottles of wine and spirits. Not only are these drinks endorsed by stars of the TV, movie, music and sports worlds, the celebrities are all personally involved in developing and promoting drinks that reflect their personal tastes. Whether you have a hockey, rap or reality TV fan on your gift list or you just love to gift premium bottles for holiday tasting and hosting, these ones will be displayed on home bars as proudly as any all-star trophy or performing award.

818 Tequila Reposado & Kendall Jenner

Whether they’ve coveted it on Kendall Jenner’s Instagram, saw it launched on Keeping Up with the Kardashians or have devoured paparazzi photos of it being poured at swanky parties, pop culture fans know about 818 Tequila. It’s named for the young model’s area code in LA’s San Fernando Valley. Jenner has a hands-on leadership role at 818, which is a certified B Corp, signifying high environmental and social standards. Make a premium margarita with this reposado; its super smooth texture comes from maturing it for up to three months in both French wine and American bourbon barrels.

818 REPOSADO TEQUILA Mexico $85.99 457595 Roasted vegetal notes of agave are smoothed by vanilla and toffee, finishing with dessert- like meringue, honey and nuts.

Photo by Nick Wiesner

Aviation American Gin & Ryan Reynolds

The story is written on the walls of Aviation American Gin’s Portland distillery. Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds tasted a life-changing Negroni at a hometown bar, leading him to take an ownership stake in its unforgettable gin. Even though Aviation is now owned by beverage company Diageo, Reynolds’ cheeky social media marketing through his company Maximum Effort still helps Aviation soar. With soft juniper notes and less astringency than London Dry-style gins, Aviation is perfect in negronis, gin and soda highballs, and of course, the sky-tinted Aviation cocktail (gin, lemon, maraschino liqueur and crème de violette).


A whiff of soft juniper and lavender meets bright juicy orange and creamy cardamon flavour in the glass, ending with a hint of anise.

Photo Courtesy of Diageo New York, NY


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