Although categorized as an Amaro (bitter), Fernet is in a bitter category of its own. Tempus Fugit’s founder John Troia came across an old recipe attributing the bitter libation to a monk named Frate Angelico Fernet. Using the finest ingredients available, John set out to resurrect this famous cure-all tonic. Rich saffron aromas mix with menthol notes while bitterness can be detected on first sip. Upon the second sip it evolves into light mint and a surprisingly balanced sweetness. You don’t have to be a hipster bartender to appreciate this fernet. Try it neat, with a ginger beer back or in a classic Toronto cocktail.
What's not to love about a spirits maker whose tagline states they're "dedicated to the glory of a well-made cocktail?" Yeah, we couldn't think of anything either. Tempus Fugit Spirits got started in 2001 with the creation of their distinctive Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe. They've since crafted over 25 different incarnations of the fabled elixir. Discontented with a lack of European expressions, they became an independent US importer of small batch absinthe when it was re-legalized in the states as of 2007. But it's not just about absinthe at Tempus Fugit Spirits - they're proud to source and recreate rare spirits and liqueurs for the discerning connoisseur. Many of their prized spirits would have been lost to history but are now finding a new fan base in America's resurging craft spirits movement. This is a "geeky" spirits company in the best sense of the word and we love them for it.