tempus fugit spirits

A Diverse Collection of Historically Inspired Liqueurs, Absinthes & Bitters

Tempus Fugit Spirits is dedicated to the glory of the well-made cocktail. Their goal is to source and recreate rare spirits and liqueurs from the pages of history to satisfy the demands of the most discerning connoisseur. One of the founders of Tempus Fugit Spirits created the modern protocol for the highly acclaimed Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe. He is also responsible for the creation or co-development of over 25 European absinthe brands since 2001.

The Return of Absinthe

After the re-legalization of absinthe in the United States in 2007, large US importers showed little interest in small-batch, high-quality distilled European absinthe from historic protocols. Undeterred, Tempus Fugit became an independent US importer, with the goal to be the sole US agent for several premium, award winning absinthes from the historic absinthe-producing regions in Switzerland and France. Tempus Fugit is at the forefront of this exciting and resurgent spirits category, which has now become a fixture in any well-stocked drinking establishment and personal spirits collection.

Historic Liqueurs

Along with the world's finest absinthes, Tempus Fugit was determined to seek out fine rare liquors that were once staples in classic pre-Prohibition cocktails, which have been lost over time. In most cases, Tempus Fugit recreated these liqueurs in-house using historic 19th-century protocols, many cross-referenced in several languages, to arrive as close in taste to these forgotten spirits as is possible, or surpass them. From rare fruit, flower and plant liqueurs to bitters, amari, vermouths and chinati, Tempus Fugit prides itself in finding out what's missing from the back bar of the most discerning bartenders. Tempus Fugit's focus is on what is often called a cocktail "modifier," those spirit-based ingredients used to transform whisky, gin, rum, etc. into a cocktail. Today, this category is often abused by industrial methods of production, artificial flavors and colors. It's known that these liqueurs were created in the past to be drunk alone, as aperitifs or digestifs, and were made with great pride and care by the best distilleries and liquorists. Tempus Fugit follows in their noble steps, and it is with great pride that they bring the "Spirit of History" to the modern cocktail enthusiast.