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North Star – A Spritzer Recipe For Your Winter Event

North Star – A Spritzer Recipe for Your Winter Event

This a delicious cocktail that’s perfect for welcoming your guests to your holiday cocktail party or featured as a signature cocktail at your winter wedding. One of the best parts of our job as a mobile bar in Eugene, Oregon is that we get to make delicious and seasonal cocktails year rounds! This sparkly cocktail is light but festive with hints of winter spice. We think it will be a hit at your winter event!


  • .5 oz Pomegranate winter spice syrup
  • 1.5 oz Volstead Vodka
  • .5 oz Grapefruit juice
  • Topped with Champagne


Combine Vodka , winter spice syrup, and grapefruit juice into shaker. Add ice. Shake and strain into flute. Top with Champagne. Garnish with star anise and a grapefruit twist.

To make the Winter Spice Syrup:


  • Juice of One Pomegranate
  • 4 oz orange liqueur
  • 10 star anise pods
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 10 whole allspice berries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


Combine pomegranate juice with orange liqueur, star anise, clove and allspice. On low heat let simmer for twenty minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature before using.

History on Volstead

The National Prohibition Act, or known colloquially as the Volstead Act, acted out the 18th Amendment with the intention of establishing Prohibition. The Volstead Act was named after Andrew Volstead, the chairman who managed the legislation.

While the Volstead Act outlawed the sale of alcohol, it was still legal to own and consume it which procured some unintended consequences. Thus started the cat and mouse game. Pharmacists were allowed to prescribe whiskey as medicine for a number of ailments including influenza and anxiety. Bootleggers quickly caught on and the number of pharmacists tripled in New York City during the Prohibition Era.

Sacramental wine also remained legal. Church attendance skyrocketed and people suddenly became Rabbis.

Grape Vineyards would sell kits to make grape juice and cheekily warned to not let it sit out too long, as it would ferment into wine.

During Prohibition, exiled bartenders flocked to Europe, where they learned to use local ingredients such as vodka. It has here that American bartenders started to enjoy vodka. After the repeal vodka cocktails started to flourish and became the in drink.

While America historically gravitated towards rum and whiskey pre-prohibition, after the ban in 1934 there was a new generation of bar goers. Young people that were 18 when prohibition ended had spent 14 years of their life with alcohol being illegal. This brought a new generation of people that were not as interested in flavor or character of alcohol, but were more interested in getting a buzz.

Now Volstead Vodka, Distilled by House Spirits in Portland, Oregon, “pays homage to an unlikely American hero- the congressman who brought vodka to America, entirely by accident.”

Looking for more seasonal craft cocktails for your winter wedding or holiday party? The Tipsy Mule is Eugene, Oregon’s favorite wedding catering company with a multitude of fresh and original seasonal cocktail recipes that will make your event standout! Contact us to learn more!