TJ’s Burritos in East Granby launched its bottled spirit born of a popular-selling sipper at the venue. Called TJ’s Burritos Espresso Infusion and made in collaboration with Litchfield Distillery, Owner Tricia Martin, who opened during COVID-19 and has found local success, built off the venue’s coffee marketplace offerings — in this case, her infusion of tequila with coffee beans from Drumroll Coffee Roasters in Wethersfield. The “espresso infusion” grew in demand, thus creating the Connecticut-made bottled version using a state-made blue agave spirits base and the same coffee bean infusion, only now bottled for retail and on-premise sale beyond her venue’s doors. “When during COVID a certain tequila became unavailable, I started infusing espresso beans with a blanco tequila on my own; it became very popular and was hard to keep up with demand in-house. That became my inspiration to start my own [version] by bottling it so that other restaurants, liquor stores and most importantly, my loyal customers, could experience it as well,” said Martin. Espresso Infusion, at 40% ABV, is sold in 750-ml bottles, now in distribution in Connecticut with Slocum & Sons.