The mom-of-three says this booze-free drink line was three years in the making
Blake Lively is in the mixers game now, and the flavors look quite exceptional. The actress and mom-of-three recently launched the non-alcoholic, sparkling mixers with a new line called Betty Buzz, which is perfect for the actress who says that despite her husband Ryan Reynolds owning a boozy gin brand, she doesn’t drink. And it wouldn’t be a Lively announcement if she didn’t roast Reynolds while doing so.
The low-calorie fizzy mixers are made with real juice, natural flavors and zero artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners, and the non-alcoholic part means you can enjoy all the flavor without the hangover. In the Instagram announcement for the new brand, Lively quipped: “Well, at least it’s not a celebrity alcohol?” A perfect insult for her husband, Ryan Reynolds, owner of Aviation American Gin.
Also, if the name sounds familiar, that’s because one of her daughter’s names is Betty, but the name, she explained, goes even further back in the family line.
“My dad’s name was Ernest Brown Jr but he was known as Ernie Lively. He gave up his last name when he married my mom and any success he, or I, have experienced has been in a name that isn’t his,” she said in the product’s press release. “So when I was working hard to build this company, I wanted any success to be in a name that was meaningful to him. Betty was his mom and his sister’s name. Also, Ernie would not be the best name for a mixer.”
The Betty Buzz mixers are available in five flavors: Tonic Water, Sparkling Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon Club Soda, Sparkling Lemon Lime, and Ginger Beer. They obviously can be used with whatever you want (if you choose to imbibe, they have a drink inspiration section of their online store) and each bottle can make two drinks. They come in 12-packs selling for $29.99 and are non-GMO, kosher, and gluten-free.
The new venture makes sense for the star, who says she doesn’t drink.
“I don’t drink. I know that’s odd coming from the wife of an infamous gin slinger. Over the past many years of mixing but not drinking cocktails, it became clear mixers are the unsung heroes of the drink world and deserve just as much love as alcohol,” Lively continued in a statement. “We’ve spent the last three years crafting Betty Buzz and are so excited for people to finally taste it.”
If you wish to partake in her new business venture, you can find them online or at select retailers — a perfect time to stock up for football parties and the upcoming holiday season.
There’s been quite the, um, buzz since the announcement, including cocktail recipes that look incredible (can you say one part Tequila, three Parts Betty Buzz Sparkling Grapefruit, and a grapefruit wedge, anyone?). But for Lively, she will take hers sans alcohol. “Why should alcohol get all the fun? Try it,” she said. “The bubbles and flavors feel like a buzz of joy.”