Leading into the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, Patricia Arquette and Ketel One Vodka, a steadfast ally to the LGBTQ community, hosted a private dinner to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of LGBTQ pioneer, Alexis Arquette, and unveil the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation in honor of Alexis’ legacy.

The Arquette Family

The Arquette Family

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An activist with a mainstream platform, Alexis worked to raise awareness for social and civil causes impacting the LGBTQ community. Throughout the evening, Patricia shared personal anecdotes of Alexis’ tireless effort to help accelerate acceptance for transgender individuals and the LGBTQ community.

From Left, Artist Eric White President of GLAAD Sarah Kate Ellis and actor Patricia Arquette

From Left, Artist Eric White President of GLAAD Sarah Kate Ellis and actor Patricia Arquette

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To close out the evening, Ketel One Vodka Perfect Pour bartender, Garrett McKechnie, created a celebratory cocktail called, “Two Spirits,” to toast to the LGBTQ community and Alexis’ spirit. Two Spirits refers to the blend of Ketel One Vodka and a French aperitif wine used in the cocktail. Simultaneously, it represents a sacred, spiritual and ceremonial role for individuals who are third and fourth gender.

Guests Attend a Celebration for the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation

Guests Attend a Celebration for the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation

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It is this idea, the celebration of the Two Spirits and their position as leaders within their community, which reminded Garrett of Alexis’ trailblazing and fearless spirit. Standing together with its extended family has long been a natural extension of Ketel One Vodka’s identity and its relationship to the LGBTQ community.

A View of the Atmosphere at a Celebration for the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation

A View of the Atmosphere at a Celebration for the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation

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Acting on its belief, Ketel One Vodka has committed to donating to the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation, which provides support to the families of transgender individuals in need. The Alexis Arquette Family Foundation is working to redefine acceptance through a variety of initiatives designed to raise awareness in support of transgender individuals.

Ketel One Vodka Perfect Pour Bartender Garrett McKechnie

Ketel One Vodka Perfect Pour Bartender Garrett McKechnie

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Ketel One Vodka, created in the Netherlands – the progressive country that was first to legalize gay marriage – is a longstanding ally of the LGBTQ community, and stands proud to sponsor the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles and New York for the seventh year in a row.

Two Spirits

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Ketel One Vodka
  • French Aperitif Wine
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 4 Raspberries

Preparation: Muddle, shake and fine strain into a Collins glass. Top with tonic. Garnish with two lemon peels.