Celebrate the Tropics

Real Florida Oranges

Embodying the heart and soul of sweet Florida citrus, Tippler’s orange liqueur commemorates the old Florida tippling houses and coastal bars that comprised the tropical Florida frontier. 

Crafted from the highest-quality locally-sourced ingredients, we native Florida Temple Oranges — peels and all — throughout our intricate distillation process. 

Zesty and ripe aromas of citrus notes fuse with a palatable sunshine burst of orange, accompanied by a balanced hint of floral and spice.

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Created with whole oranges – peels and all – this high-quality liqueur embodies the taste of sunshine, and celebrates the tippling houses and coastal bars of old Florida. Grown, picked, squeezed, produced and bottled in the Sunshine State.

ALCOHOL CONTENT:
52 Proof 26% ABV

NOSE:
Candied Orange , Apricots followed by a hint of peppermint and slight smoked Oak which gradually envelops the glass and your nostrils.

PALATE:
It’s exactly what it smells like but with a deep Orange candy surrounding the peppermint and Oak almost hiding them.

FINISH:
Peppermint and smoked Oak which linger in your nostrils followed by Orange peppermint which coats the back of your throat.

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Gangplank Speakeasy 1920

Local History of Tippling Houses and Speakeasies 

 

The history of tippling houses and speakeasies in St. Petersburg, Florida, is quite colorful and closely linked to the broader context of Prohibition in the United States. During this era, establishments like speakeasies and illegal bars became prominent for their clandestine operations, often involving the surreptitious sale of alcohol. 

 

A notable example of such a place in St. Petersburg was the Gangplank. During Prohibition, this speakeasy was known for serving alcohol discreetly to patrons, maintaining a veneer of respectability. It was rumored that alcohol was served in teacups, and there were unconfirmed tales of tunnels running from the Gangplank to Boca Ciega Bay, a known hotspot for rum-running during that era. This era was also marked by the presence of notable figures like Johnny Torrio and Al Capone, who were rumored to have connections with various establishments and properties in the area. For instance, the Jungle Country Club Hotel, which later became the Admiral Farragut Academy, was frequented by members of organized crime, including Torrio. This hotel was a hub of social activity during its heyday, attracting tourists and locals alike. 

 

The history of St. Petersburg during this time also reflects the broader trends in Florida and the United States. The city was founded in the late 19th century and grew rapidly in the early 20th century, especially during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. This growth was fueled by developments in transportation, including the arrival of the Orange Belt Railway and the establishment of commercial air service across Tampa Bay. However, the city, like much of Florida, faced challenges during the Great Depression, which affected the operation of many businesses, including tippling houses and hotels associated with them. 

 

The Gangplank eventually closed around 1932, coinciding with the end of Prohibition, and the Jungle Country Club Hotel also closed shortly afterward. These establishments, their stories, and the legends surrounding figures like Capone and Torrio, continue to be a part of St. Petersburg’s rich historical tapestry, reflecting a time when the city was a burgeoning hotspot for tourism, real estate, and, not least, clandestine activities during Prohibition. 

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