12 Drinks of Christmas. The Pompeska Mule

1.5 OZ Glacial Lakes Vodka
1.5 OZ Cranberry Juice
Fill glass with Ginger Beer
Splash of Lemon or Lime

The Pompeska Mule. A drink named after the legendary watercraft, the Pompeska, that roared across the waters of Lake Kampeska from 1926 to 1948. This 26 foot mahogany runabout was commissioned by a prominent physician in 1925 and launched on Lake Kampeska in 1926. The fastest boat in South Dakota, it was powered by a V12 WWI Liberty aircraft engine. Capable of speeds in excess of 60mph, this boat won many of the races entered in those days. The Pompeska was fashioned after many of the boats of this time built for running illegal spirits during the years of prohibition. Known as "rumrunners",  these boats were built to out run coast guard and federal revenuers while carrying their illegal cargo across the Great Lakes from Canada to the United States. Few relics remain of this beautiful and powerful boat. This magnificent watercraft inspired the symbol for our distillery, forever honoring a piece of Lake Kampeska's history.

The pictures to the right are all that remains of the Pompeska.  If you have seen or have pictures of the Pompeska please share your photos and stories with us.

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18th Amendment

The 18th Amendment effectively established the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States by declaring illegal the production, transport, and sale of alcohol (though not the consumption or private possession).  South Dakota ratified the amendment March 20, 1918.

The amendment gave rise to several wooden boats used to run illegal alcohol from Canada and the Caribbean.  Those wooden boats inspired our Logo.


The 21st Amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933. It is unique among the 27 amendments of the U.S. Constitution for being the only one to repeal a prior amendment.

Lets celebrate the repeal of the 18th amendment on Saturday December 5th with your favorite beverage!