Updated: Jul 20
Introducing the Queen Cleo Spirits range by The Little Gin and Rum Company.
Inspired by the tale of the Badass Liquor Boss Gertrude “Cleo” Lythgoe, our bold and beautiful spirits reflect her remarkable character and breath-taking fury.
Lythgoe was the fiery orchestrator of a highly profitable liquor shipping operation. A prolific smuggler of liquor to the U.S, through the Bahamas in the 1920s, Lythgoe operated in a world dominated by men. Her story is one filled with excitement, intrigue and a tough as nails approach.
As a young woman she worked in New York and California as a transcriber but later came under the employment of a London-based liquor exporter. With the passing of Prohibition, her employer realised an opportunity existed to supply liquor to the U.S. through the Bahamas. Needing a headstrong, savvy businessperson to oversee their affairs, Lythgoe was hand-picked for the assignment; a feat for a female in the 1920s.
“Everyone knows that my liquor is the best”.
Lythgoe found buyers particularly wary of her gender. She quickly overcame this with the quality of her product, competitive pricing and above all, her fierce knowledge and intellect. A formidable figure in the liquor supplying business, Lythgoe would come to be known as “The Queen of the Bahamas” to some – and ‘Cleo’ to others, as her beauty was likened to that of Cleopatra.
Inspired by Lythgoe’s drive, determination, and bad-ass attitude, we set about creating a range of spirits that would reflect her bold character whilst making our mark with our very own female-led liquor story.