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Our Approach

“We do things a little differently at Tingala. You won’t find a dedicated distillery or a tasting room to visit. We are a lean, local family operation representative of the new wave of independent, artisanal craft spirits makers.” – Tews Family –

We make Tingala “flower to bottle,” using only fresh spilanthes (acmella alba), aka buzz buttons, at the peak of freshness flown to us overnight from U.S. growers, with other all-natural ingredients to bring out the botanical’s best flavor while maximizing the fresh flowers’ seductive character.


Like all liqueurs, Tingala is made using a blended maceration process. Our family’s spiritsmaster makes every small batch by hand, soaking the herbs in neutral spirits to coax out the essence of this exotic botanical.

We build production around the plant’s growing season, roughly from April to November, using only fresh flowers, never extracts or dried or frozen plants. We don’t reveal exactly how many fresh buzz buttons go into each bottle.

At Tingala, we are proud of our proprietary process, perfected over five years of development, which eliminates plant fiber bitterness. We bring out the fresh botanical’s very best flavors, maximizing the unique character that makes these fresh flowers so seductive.

Crushed real cinnamon, an addition common in traditional European herbal spirits, is a perfect complement in Tingala to the herbal taste of the flowers. We also use top-notch corn-based neutral spirits and pure Colorado water, and we work with a local spirits manufacturer to bottle at 50% alcohol by volume (100 proof) in Golden, Colorado. We use recyclable glass bottles screen printed with organic ink and only 100% recycled cartons.


Tingala is gluten free.

An ounce of Tingala contains 64 calories. We use natural corn sugar (dextrose), which dissolves more easily and is also 25% lower in calories than table sugar. At only ½ gram of sugar per ounce, (about 10%), our spirit is less sweet than traditional liqueurs, which  typically range from 3 to 11 grams of sugar per ounce. Tingala’s straightforward, less sweet, and balanced flavor profile makes it a versatile and desirable cocktail addition.

At 100 proof, our spirit brings classic American expression to cocktails while adding one-of-a-kind character and fresh, distinctive flavor, adding value and keeping packaging to a minimum.