Alcohol Names for Cats: Cheers to Your Wonderful Feline Friend!

black and white cat drinking wine
Jeremy Vaughn
Written by Jeremy Vaughn

Choosing your cat’s name is as important as deciding what your cat eats, where he sleeps in, when he visits the vet, and everything else concerning him. In fact, it is even more important because while the rest can keep changing, a name is something that he gets to keep for life. Your cat’s name can be inspired by so many things. Have you ever thought of alcohol names for cats?

There is more to alcohol than just a name. What draws you to your favorite drink? Is it the taste? Some drinks create a wonderful sensation as they flow down your throat; others really appeal to your sense of smell. Or perhaps, it’s all of the above, just like everything about your cat simply draws you in.

Regardless of how attached you are to your cat, you cannot enjoy your special drink with him. Giving him a similar name to your favorite drink might be the closest you can get to making him a part of your ‘happy time.’

You don’t have to be an alcohol enthusiast to give your cat a suitable alcohol-inspired name. That is why we have sorted out quite a number of names that would make a good match for cats. Even if you are not familiar with the world of liquor, rest assured that we will give you enough information to help you make a customized choice.

Most Popular Alcohol Names for Cats

The names of popular alcoholic drinks make good names for cats because they tend to roll off the tongue smoothly. Also, they are not that common, yet at the same time, instantly recognizable.

We have collected several below and given a summary of why you might want to adopt any of them for your cat.

#1: Popular Alcohol-Inspired Male Cat Names

Savannah kitten lying

Male alcohol names create an aura of strength, presence, resilience, and precedence. While choosing a name might not change your cat’s personality, using several aspects of your cat’s life to choose a name can be a great way of reminding you what he means to you every time you call him.

Here are some of the most popular alcohol-inspired male cat names out there.

  • Bailey. The name comes from Baileys Irish cream. It was the first Irish Cream on the market. It was named after a restaurant owned by John Chesterman—Bailey’s Hotel.

  • Bourbon. It is made from corn. It is not certain whether the name originated from Bourbon Dynasty, Bourbon County in Kentucky, or Bourbon Street in New Orleans. It is probably a great name for a kitty whose origins are a bit sketchy, such as formerly-feral cats that you tamed.

  • Cognac. A grape-based variety of brandy. It is named after the town of Cognac in France. It is double-distilled and aged at least two years in oak casks. If you enjoy a cognac drink, why not let your cat remind you of one every time you pet him.

  • Collins. Tom Collins is a cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, and carbonated water. It stands out among the Collins’ family of drinks. This could be an appropriate name for a cat or a kitten that stands out from the rest, like the wildcat hybrid Savannah.

  • Gin. It is a broad category of juniper berry flavored liquors. The name is a short form of the English word genever—derived from Juniperus, the Latin word for juniper. This is a cool and classy name that’s easy to utter.

  • Guinness. Commonly referred to as ‘meal in a cup,’ it is an Irish dry stout which is very old and popular. It was named after the founder Arthur Guinness. Guinness is a popular name for pets; do you fancy joining the list?

  • Hennessy. It is a brand of cognac. If you are a cognac fan, you can name your kitty after this variation.

  • Hooch. This simply means ‘an alcoholic beverage.’ It is also slang for illicit or inferior liquor. If you get a kick from putting one foot on the dark side, this is the perfect name for your cat.

  • Hurricane. This is a sweet mixture of light and dark rum plus passion fruit, lemon, and ice. It is popularly served in New Orleans. This could be the perfect name for your furry bundle of hyperactivity.

  • Jack. It is borrowed from Jack Daniel’s whiskey from Tennessee. Jack Daniel’s was named after its founder who set up the distillery amidst struggles of orphanhood. If your cat is a resilient kitty, then this name will suit him.

  • Kahlua. A name befitting Mexican cat breeds like the Sphynx. Kahlua is a Mexican coffee-flavored liqueur.

  • Kentucky. If bourbon is your kind of drink, then consider naming your cat after the state that leads its production worldwide.

  • Malt. It is a fermented drink made from barley seeds. Malting grains to make beer is a practice that dates back to the ancient times. The name might suit a cat whose origins go way back in time, such as the Manx.

  • Moscato. A beautiful name with ‘cat’ in it. It is a low-alcohol sweet wine originating from Italy. Perfect for that sweet and cool kitty.

  • Paloma. A cocktail prepared using tequila and grapefruit juice. It’s a popular drink in Mexico. Paloma is Spanish for ‘dove.’ It has an endearing ring to it.

  • Pinot. Wine that owes its roots to France. The name means pine in French. It’s used in sparkling wine production.

  • Pisco. It is made by distilling fermented grape juice into a high proof spirit. It is either colorless or amber-colored. Pisco is a name of Quechua origin—meaning ‘bird.’ This name can work for a free-spirited kitty like the British Shorthair.

  • Rocks. Commonly refers to a drink taken in a glass with ice.

  • Sake. A drink made in Japan from fermented rice. The name just means alcoholic drink. If you do not have a preference for any alcoholic drink, Sake is a perfect match for your cat. He reminds you that anything goes.

  • Sazerac. It is a cocktail made of whiskey, absinthe, bitters, and syrup. It was proclaimed as New Orleans’ official cocktail on June 23, 2008.

  • Scotch. This is a malt or grain whiskey made in Scotland. All scotch is made and aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Whether you are a scotch fan or you have Scottish origins like the Scottish Fold, this is a great name for your cat.

  • Soju. Here’s another one that dates back to the medieval times—the 13th century to be precise. Originally, it was made by distilling alcohol from fermented grains. Today, it is made from sweet potatoes and tapioca. Soju means dew.

  • Stout. A thick, dark-colored beer made with roasted barley. Its alcohol strength increases with age, and it’s hardly affected by the heat. The name can suit a heavily-built cat, like the Siberian cat.

  • Tito. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is made in Austin, Texas. It was named after the founder’s nickname ‘Bertito,’ which was shortened to Tito.

  • Vermouth. A fortified, aromatized wine, flavored with various botanicals that may include roots, barks, flowers, and seeds. Vermouth is the French pronunciation of the German word wermut, which means wormwood. This is a key ingredient in the wine.

  • Vodka. An alcoholic drink made of distilled cereal grains or other starchy foods. Vodka was made popular by James Bond films. Imagine how much fun it would be to name two sibling cats Vodka and Martini.

#2: Popular Alcohol-Inspired Female Cat Names

bombay cat on nuts background

Alcohol-inspired female names represent beauty, color, elegance, sweetness of taste and smell, fashion, and so many other ladylike traits. Picking one for your cat reminds you that no matter what you might be going through, there is a better, sweeter, and more enjoyable side to life.

  • Abita. Brewed in Louisiana (United States) by a brewery with the same name. Although a pub in the same area also lays claim to the name, Abita remains a great name for a cat.

  • Belle. This is a cocktail of bourbon whiskey and orange juice. It’s creamy and pinkish in color. It is frothy and sweet to the taste.

  • Black Rose. A great name for a female with a black coat like the Bombay. Black Rose is a blend of tequila and black vodka.

  • Chai. Borrowed from Coco Chai. This is a blend of chai (an East African name for tea), rum, and white chocolate liqueur.

  • Christi. A name borrowed from Christi Extreme cocktail. This is a blend of Christiania vodka. Who wouldn’t love a cat named Christi?

  • Cordial. It simply means an alcoholic beverage. It can also stand for a medicinal drink. An excellent name to choose if she keeps you entertained and makes you feel better when you are sick.

  • Dawn. Named after Golden Dawn—a mixture of gin, apricot, and orange juice. This could be an ideal name for your cat if she is the kind that wakes you up at the crack of dawn.

  • Julep. A mint julep is a blend of bourbon and muddled mint. It is served on ice. Perfect for cats that can withstand the cold like the Norwegian Forest cat.

  • Margarita. A drink that dates back to the early 1900s. This is a blend of tequila and lime juice. It is served with a pinch of salt.

  • Maya Magic. A tropical cocktail of vodka, pineapple, and Van Gogh vanilla.

  • Merlot. A popular red wine in America. The name is French for ‘a little blackbird’—making it a great name for a Dwarf cat. It is even better if the dwarf cat is black.

  • Midori. A strong emerald-colored melon liqueur originating in Japan. This name is well suited for cats with a pale green coloration of the eyes. It can also be appropriate for cats with strong personalities like the Siamese.

  • Miranda. This is a cocktail of gin, syrup, and lemon puree. A beautiful name for your lady cat.

  • Moonshine. In yesteryears, it stood for illegally-distilled spirits. Nowadays it is defined as clear whiskey which has not aged. Moonshine sounds like a name that would brighten your mood just by calling it.

  • Pina. A Pina Colada is a tropical drink made by mixing coconut cream, pineapple juice, and rum.

  • Pink Lady. This is a cocktail of gin, lemon juice, and egg white.

  • Riesling. Riesling grapes are used in the making of this dry semi-sweet red wine.

  • Rosemary. It’s another tequila-inspired name. Rosemary Lemonade, as the name suggests, is a blend of tequila, lemonade, and rosemary.

  • Sambuca. An Italian liqueur that is colorless and has the flavor of anise.

  • Shirley. A name best suited for a show cat that has her roots in the United Kingdom. Shirley is traditionally made with ginger ale, grenadine, and maraschino cherry for garnishing. Apart from being alcohol-inspired, Shirley Bassey is one of the most celebrated singers of all times.

  • Skyy. This a vodka produced by the Campari America company. It’s sold in distinctively blue-branded bottles. The color makes it a name befitting the Ojos Azules cats which have deep blue eyes.

  • Starry. Starry lime is a drink made of vodka, lime, and cranberry juice.

  • Stella. A Belgian pilsner with higher alcohol content (5.2%) than other beers. It stands out as a strong drink. If your cat’s walk emits confidence that intimidates others, then this is the perfect name for her.

  • Syrah. This is a red wine that originated in South America. The Syrah grapes are full-bodied. This makes the name ideal for a Maine Coon, which is one of the largest breeds.

  • Tequila. A drink from the desert. This alcoholic drink is obtained from cactus plants. The name suits a resilient cat.

Other Alcohol Inspired-Names for Cats

Russian cat with vodka

Whether you are looking for popular, unique, or rare, there is always something for everyone. In this case, if the list of most popular alcohol-based names did not appeal to you, why not check out the table below? You never know; the perfect name for your little friend might be in here beckoning to you.

NameInspiration/ MeaningAlcohol typeGenderOrigin
AbbeyFounder—Lindores AbbeyGinFemaleEnglish
AlexBarman—Troy AlexanderBrandy CocktailUnisexRussian
AppletiniApple MartiniVodka CocktailFemaleAmerican
Bees KneesThe BestGin CocktailUnisexAmerican
BeringerBerringer vineyards in CaliforniaWineMaleAmerican
BombayIndian StateGinFemaleEnglish
ChampagneNobility and LoyaltySparkling WineUnisexFrench
ColleenYoung WomanWhiskeyFemaleAmerican
CuervoFounder—Jose CuervoTequilaMaleMexican
DafneThe OperaGin CocktailFemaleItalian
DaiquiriCuban TownRumUnisexSpanish
DuffThe SimpsonsBeerMaleAmerican
J.DJack DanielsWhiskeyMaleAmerican
KamikazeDivine WindVodka
LauraSweetWhiskey Cocktail
Mai TaiTahitian for 'good'Rum CocktailFemaleAmerican
MamieNamed after Mamie TaylorWhiskey Cocktail
MapleMisty Maple LeafWhiskeyUnisexCanadian
MezcalMexican for oven-cooked agaveSpiritMaleMexican
OuzoSuperior QualitySpiritMaleGreek
PaulistaTiger BreathWineUnisexBrazilian
SvedkaFrom SwedenVodka

Fictional Alcohol Names for Cats

cat in mexican hat with tequila

The fictional universes found in the media have brought to life some unique alcohol names. What is your favorite show? Does it feature an original alcoholic drink?

Below you’ll find some fictional alcohol names that have been featured in popular TV shows and films. You can choose any of these names for either your female or male cat depending on your preference. We have listed them alongside the shows in which they were featured.

  • Alamo. A beer in “King of The Hill.”

  • Aspen. A beer in “Alien.”

  • Butterbeer. A beer in the “Harry Potter” universe.

  • Buzz. A beer in “The Drew Carey Show.”

  • Chango. Cerveza Chango beer in “Dusk Till Dawn.”

  • Dharma. A beer in “Lost.”

  • Elsinore. A beer in “Strange Brew.”

  • Flaming Moe/Homer. An alcoholic drink in “The Simpsons.”

  • Heisler. A beer featured in most independent Studio Services films and TV shows.

  • Leopard. A beer in “Coronation Street.”

  • Moloko. An alcoholic drink in “A Clockwork Orange.”

  • Pawtucket. A beer in “Family Guy.”

  • Romulan. An ale in “Star Trek.”

  • Screaming Viking. A cocktail in “Cheers.”

  • Stellberg. A beer in “Shameless.”

  • Vesper. A cocktail in “Casino Royale.”

Wrap Up

cat eating and drinking beer

There are more alcohol-inspired cat names than you can think of. They have been used by alcohol users and non-users alike. The names don’t have to sound intoxicating for them to be great. This is because an alcoholic drink comes with so many other qualities that you might choose to borrow from.

There are different inspirations and meanings behind alcohol names. Alcohols have been named after their founders, origin, women, ingredients, and the oddest of things. Some of the trendiest and most well-known of alcohol names are even fictional.

There is no denying the fact that so much bad can come from alcohol abuse. However, you can use alcohol is so many non-abusive ways, like giving your kitty a befitting name.

Did you find a name that you liked? Tell us more about it. There are so many other alcohol-inspired names that may not have been featured on our list. Please tell us about any that you know of and what makes them unique. Couldn’t find a suitable name in this article? Check out this article on cool Russian cat names instead!

About the author
Jeremy Vaughn
Jeremy Vaughn

Jeremy Vaughn is a member of Canadian Professional Pet Stylists, who lives in Winnipeg. Creating new looks for cats and other pets is his passion. Jeremy shares his house with the wife and wonderful Siamese cat.