Mariah Carey has announced the launch of Black Irish, a range of Irish liqueurs. The singer took to Instagram to share the news of the drink’s launch, “Introducing Black Irish. Two years in the making. Truly a cause for celebration!!!” she wrote. The image showed the singer lying on the beach in a sparkling, Champagne colored dress with the new bottle placed on the sand in front of her.
The name of the liqueur, which comes in three versions, pays tribute to Carey’s mixed heritage – her mother, Patricia Hickey, had Irish parents, and her father, Alfred Carey, had a black Venezuelan background. They separated when Carey was three years old.
Speaking about her heritage during a 2009 interview, Cherry said: “It’s, like, my mother’s white – she’s so Irish, she loves Ireland, she’s like, yay, Ireland! Waving the flag and singing When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. And that’s great. I appreciate that and respect it. But there’s a whole other side of me that makes me who I am and makes people uncomfortable. My father identified as a black man. No one asked him because he was clearly black. But people always ask me. If we were together, people would look at us in a really strange way. It sucked. As a little girl, I had blond hair, and they’d look at me, look at him, and be disgusted.”
Black Irish is Mariah Carey’s second attempt at stepping into the drinks world. Previously, she endorsed Champagne brand Angel.
Black Irish is available now in three flavors: Original Irish Cream, Salted Caramel, and White Chocolate.
For more information about the latest Mariah Carey venture, head over to the brand’s official website.