Each month we at Stripe and Stripe Men host a local artist through Santa Cruz's First Friday Art Tour. If you don't know what that is, it's an event that is held on the first Friday of every month. On this night, local businesses display an array of art, as they open the doors to the public to shop, drink, and mingle with the artist.
We are known for hosting some amazing artistic talent, but we are also known for what has been dubbed the "stripe-tini." At both stores a cocktail is created and passed out to 21 and over customers to sip on while they shop. The stripe-tini changes out with a different recipe for each month. The gin/ vodka drinks tend to be found being served at the women's store, while the whisky/ bourbon drinks are served at the men's. With the love we have received for our cocktails, we now look forward to sharing it with you. So if you missed our most resent First Friday, no need to fret! You can now follow us for recipes, along with delicious food recipes  to pair with it from cookbooks for sale at Stripe.

BLACKBERRY LEMONADE VODKA COOLER
  • Ginger Beer 1/2 cup
  • Vodka 1/2 cup
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice 3/4 cup (about 4 lemons)
  • lemonade 3 cups
  • rosemary 2 fresh sprigs
  • blackberries 2 cups
Prepare the cocktail in a large pitcher by adding the lemonade, fresh squeezed or store bought lemon juice, ginger beer, and vodka.
Separately, muddle the blackberries. Siphon the juice from the blackberries into the cocktail mixture, or add the muddled berries for added texture. Top it off with the sprigs of rosemary for garnish.
If you are looking for a great appetizer to pair with this cocktail, try:
CHARRED BROCCOLI + ROSEMARY AIOLI

Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 3/4 ups mayonnaise (homemade or purchased)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
"You can grill or broil broccoli, just as is, but it tends to get a burned flavor, which is unpleasant. Mayonnaise has a really high smoke point and is great to grill or broil with. All the mayonnaise will burn off in the process, so you will not even know it was there, but it will protect the broccoli from tasting burned. All you need to do is toss your vegetable of choice with mayo and a little olive oil. Broil or grill your vegetables until it is charred all over, sprinkle with salt, and add a squeeze or lemon and fresh rosemary." -Henderson, Malibu Farm Cookbook
You can find this recipe and more from Malibu Farm Cookbook, by Helene Henderson,
the World Buyers teak coasters, and Borosil US Vision Deco Bevel 10 oz. tumbler (set of 6) here for purchase at Stripe.
Cheers!