The PillowTop Cocktail

Jun 1, 2023

The Pillowtop Cocktail is a soft and pillowy white cocktail and represents the white stripe on the Pride flag. It is part of the trans pride representation, specifically those who fall outside of the gender binary. It serves as a powerful symbol of inclusion and recognition for individuals who identify as non-binary, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming. 

The white stripe’s placement on the pride flag acknowledges the importance of embracing diversity within the trans community. It signifies a commitment to creating a safe and inclusive space for those who identify beyond the binary genders of male and female. Some may try to argue that non-binary identities are “new” or “trendy”, but that couldn’t be farther than the truth!

Throughout different cultures and time periods, there have been recorded instances of those who existed outside of traditional male and female categories. In indigenous cultures, such as the Two-Spirit people among Native American tribes, non-binary identities were recognized and celebrated for their unique perspectives and abilities. In ancient civilizations like ancient Egypt, there were even deities and mythological figures who embodied non-binary characteristics. These historical examples demonstrate that non-binary identities are not a recent phenomenon but have always existed and contributed to the diverse tapestry of human experiences. Recognizing this history helps foster understanding and acceptance of non-binary and gender non-conforming identities within the LGBTQ+ community.

Here’s how to make this cocktail:

  • 1 oz Stoli Gold
  • 1 oz crème de cacao
  • ½ of vanilla liqueur
  • 2 oz half-and-half

Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with whipped cream and garnish with shredded coconut.

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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