Once upon a time, if you wanted to mix a serious cocktail with a caffeine kick, options were limited to an Irish coffee or espresso Martini. The coffee-infused spirits landscape was equally sparse, consisting primarily of Tia Maria and Kahlua.
Those times have passed. As Americans have become more particular about our morning cup or afternoon cold brew, the coffee liqueur category is thriving. Options range from artisanal liqueurs to surprisingly tasty coffee-infused vodka. Here are five of our favorite coffee-infused spirits, and how to use them.