World Pride Cocktails

Our curated cocktail list features all things Archie Rose, with each cocktail crafted to perfection by our expert mixologists. Inspired by historic queer points in time, our cocktails are the perfect tribute to the trailblazers who shaped the LGBTQIA+ movement. From the powerful and inspiring Monica Helm, to the legendary and iconic Carlotta and Carmen Rupe, we showcase their stories through our bespoke cocktails. Let our specially crafted cocktails take you on a journey through time and celebrate the incredible history of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Oxford Oddball

Out of the bars and into the streets

Archie Rose True Cut Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, lime juice, Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic

The Oxford Hotel on Oxford Street, a heritage site of historical significance, has supported the community for over a century. It stands opposite Taylor Square where the first Mardi Gras Parade took place in 1978. The parade was led by gay men, lesbians and their political allies, who chanted “out of the bars and into the streets!” to encourage greater visibility. After the parade, police arrested 53 people, some of whom were physically assaulted. The following Monday, the Sydney Morning Herald published their names, addresses and occupations, subjecting them to public shaming. The surviving 78er’s, those who attended the riot, play an active role in Sydney’s rainbow celebrations, leading the annual Mardi Gras Parade after the First Nations float.

Carlotta & The Cross

He did it Her Way

Archie Rose Straight Dry Gin, Sofi Blood Orange, Hennessy VS Cognac, Fever Tree Clementine Orange Tonic, honey

Carlotta, known as the “Queen of the Cross,” is a cabaret performer, TV personality and LGBTQIA+ advocate. She starred in Les Girls for almost three decades after joining in 1962. In 1973, Carlotta became the first transgender person to play a transgender character on TV in the Australian show, Number 96, and inspired the 1994 film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Carlotta was honored with a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) on January 26, 2020, for her significant contributions to the performing arts and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Blue & Stormy Helms

Flying the flag with Monica at the Helm

Archie Rose White Cane Rum, blue curacao, lime, Fever Tree Ginger Beer, coconut water

Monica Helms, a transgender activist and former U.S. Navy service member, created the first transgender pride flag in 1999 to represent trans diversity and rights. Helms used pink and blue stripes, with white in the center to represent intersex, transitioning, or non-gendered individuals. The flag debuted at a Pride parade in Phoenix in 2000. Today, Helms’s original Trans Pride Flag from 1999 is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

Carmen Rupe's Tonic

Direct from Carmen’s International Coffee Lounge

Archie Rose True Cut Vodka, Mr Black Cold Drip Liqueur, Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic, Aztec Bitters, espresso

Carmen Rupe, a transgender woman, was a performer, business owner, and anti-discrimination activist who became a cultural icon in New Zealand and Australia. After leaving her mark in Sydney during the 1960s, Carmen returned to Wellington in 1967 and decided to open her own coffee bar using money inherited from her grandfather. Her coffee bar was more than just a place to grab a drink, as guests had ready access to explore their desires. Carmen livened up her regulars’ coffee with a dash of brandy and introduced a unique system for signaling sexual preferences. For instance, a cup turned upside down indicated interest in heterosexual sex, on its side for a transsexual or drag queen, and underneath the saucer for a gay liaison.

Elope in a Tuxedo

Run away, get married, do it in style

Archie Rose Straight Dry Gin, Cello Rockmelon Liqueur, lemon, maraschino, orange bitters

On April 1, 2001, at just after midnight, the mayor of Amsterdam married four couples in City Hall, marking the Netherlands as the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. This momentous event paved the way for the worldwide fight for marriage equality, with many international couples traveling to Amsterdam to tie the knot. However, it was not until 2017 when Australia updated its Marriage Act of 1961 that same-sex marriage was legally recognized in that country. Today, same-sex marriage is legal in 28 countries worldwide, with more countries continuously joining the global movement for LGBTQIA+ rights.

It's Fashion Darling

“All right sweetie, we’ll finish off the beluga”

Archie Rose Blasphemy Coffee Whisky, Vida Mezcal, bitters

“Absolutely Fabulous” is a beloved British sitcom that features the iconic character “Patsy” played by Joanna Lumley. Patsy is known for her love of cocktails and caviar, as well as her memorable one-liners that have become a part of queer British pop culture. AbFab’s cultural impact was so strong that it even inspired a song by the Pet Shop Boys dedicated to the show, with the hope of meeting the actresses who embodied these amazing characters.

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