Our Story

Tempus Fugit Spirits is dedicated to the glory of the well-made cocktail.

Our goal is to source and recreate rare spirits and liqueurs from the pages of history to satisfy the demands of the most discerning connoisseur.

Originally, one founder of Tempus Fugit Spirits was the creator of the modern protocol of the highly acclaimed Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe and had also been responsible for the creation or co-development of over 25 European absinthe brands since 2001. After the US re-legalization of Absinthe in 2007; big, established US importers showed little interest in small batch, high-quality distilled European absinthe from historic protocols.

Undeterred, we took it upon ourselves to actually become 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. We are pleased to be at the forefront of this exciting and resurgent spirits category, which has now become a fixture in any well-stocked drinking establishment or consumers’ personal spirits collection.

Along with the world’s finest absinthes, Tempus Fugit Spirits was determined to seek out fine rare liquors that were once staples in classic pre-prohibition cocktails, but have been lost in time. In most cases, we re-create these liquors ourselves, 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 – rare fruit, flower and plant liqueurs, bitters, amari, vermouths and chinati – we pride ourselves in finding out what’s missing from the back-bar that our cocktailian friends are searching for.

Our focus is on what is often called a cocktail ‘modifier’; those spirit-based ingredients used to transform whisky, gin, rum, etc. into a cocktail. We find today this category abused by industrial methods of production, artificial flavors and colors. We know 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.

We follow in their noble steps.

Often, we re-make a historic liqueur just because it fascinates us, or just because we like to drink it ourselves!
It is with great pride that we bring the ‘Spirit of History’ to the international cocktail enthusiast. The quality of the products that we represent on this web-site clearly expresses why these award-winning brands stand at the very pinnacle of their categories.
Taste ours along side any similar liquor and decide for yourself!

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    Tempus Fugit Spirits

    P.O. Box 658 Novato,
    CA 95958 U.S.A.