A coffee cocktail will never (and certainly should never) replace your morning cup of joe. But sometimes you want a hint of that delicious, warming, toasty, nutty flavor mixed into your afternoon refresher or nightcap. When that craving hits, turn to one of these coffee-influenced spirits. There’s something for everyone here, from the drinker who wants just a touch of flavor to the coffee addict who wants to be sucked into a java tsunami.
J. Rieger Caffé Amaro ($30)
Somewhere between a traditional coffee liqueur and classic Italian amaro, this unique spirit is flavored with Sumatran coffee along with botanicals like juniper berries, cardamom, orange peel, vanilla beans and gentian. At 31-percent ABV, it’s strong enough and bittersweet enough to sip alone as an after dinner digestif. While the spirit does contain caffeine, it’s the equivalent of about five cups of coffee in the entire bottle, so you don’t have to worry about it keeping you up. All you have to worry about is what happens when the bottle runs dry.