Harkening back to a 19th-century recipe Kina L'Aero d'Or uses wine made with the Cortese grape of Piedmont, Italy and blends in botanicals such as cinchona bark, ginger, sandalwood and orange peel. The perfect ingredient to make your Vesper cocktail, or drunk on its own as an aperitif, this libation shows candied citrus peel, foresty aromas and an herbaceous quality on the palate balanced by a tinge of grandma's lemon jam. A nice hint of bitterness throughout... this is another example of Tempus Fugit rising above the rest. Bond will take two.
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.