Sour Apple Cocktail

Jun 1, 2023

The Sour Apple Cocktail’s vibrant green color represents the next color of the Pride flag, which stands for prosperity. It embodies the hopes and aspirations of a community that has fought tirelessly for equality and acceptance.

Prosperity, in the context of the LGBT community, extends beyond mere financial wealth. It encompasses the collective progress made in terms of social acceptance, legal rights, and overall well-being. For decades, the community has faced immense challenges and discrimination. However, the green stripe on the pride flag stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of this community. It symbolizes the pursuit of a prosperous future where individuals can live authentically, free from prejudice and fear. This prosperity encompasses equal opportunities, freedom from financial strain, access to healthcare, mental health support, and a society that celebrates diversity.

This also shows us the flourishing sense of community and solidarity within the LGBTQ+ community. It signifies the strength derived from shared experiences, support networks, and the power of unity. Through advocacy, education, and visibility, the community has made significant strides in promoting acceptance and understanding. The green stripe serves as a reminder that prosperity is not a solitary pursuit but a collective effort. It acknowledges the contributions of countless activists, allies, and organizations working towards a more inclusive society. Things like mutual aid and crowdfunding have been pivotal in many people’s lives, and it can’t happen without support from the community.

Moreover, the green stripe encourages ongoing progress and continued advocacy. It serves as a call to action, reminding us that prosperity is not a static achievement but an ongoing journey. By embracing the green stripe and its symbolism, the LGBT community reaffirms its commitment to equality, justice, and liberation. It inspires individuals to celebrate their identities, amplify their voices, and push for positive change. Through fostering connections and celebrating diversity, the green stripe empowers the LGBT community to create a prosperous future where every individual can thrive!

Here’s how to make this cocktail:

  • 2 oz Stoli Gold
  • 1 ½ oz sour apple liqueur
  • Club soda

Shake first two ingredients with ice. Strain to a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with a dehydrated lime slice.  

Enjoy and drink responsibly.

Liberate your spirt 

Sustainability, LGBTQ, diversity, and injustice are core pillars of Stoli. The original vodka recipe was developed in 1938, and by 1948 it was being made and bottled in Latvia, where the award-winning Stoli lineup is made to this day. Stoli has a long, rich history of supporting the LGBTQ community, when in 1991 Stoli became one of the first spirit brands to actively champion LGBTQ issues on global equality, visibility, and acceptance for all. In 1997, Stoli was purchased by Yuri Shefler, transforming Stoli into a vertically integrated company, which lead to Putin waging a war in 2000 for the vodka trademark, which has been unsuccessful. 

In 2018, Stoli commemorated the 40th anniversary of Harvey Milk being the first openly gay elected official in California, by launching the limited edition, individually numbered, Harvey Milk Limited Edition bottle, with proceeds going to the Harvey Milk Foundation LGBGTQ programming in Eastern Europe and the Baltic nations. Proudly Latvian, Stoli has affirmed their ongoing support of Ukraine and is steadfast in denouncing Russia’s aggression on the sovereign nation. Stoli’s spirit continue to inspire to create a better future for all. 

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb


Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award. An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content. Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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