As I remember vividly my best friend Chyi is a coffee addict, whenever we travel together, we had to stop by all the coffee shop that she had read up on. During our last trip taken together 5 years ago, we met in San Francisco and proceed on the road trip all the way down to Los Angeles. The most memorable coffee we had at the time was Blue Bottle Coffee and Philz Coffee in San Francisco. Oh man, I fell in love Philz Mint Coffee instantaneously, back then they were super hipster, a casually dressed guy with dreadlocks grabbing coffee beans from tall tin jar indicated of the origin and grinding the selected roasted beans right in front of you, but how times has changed now. I never knew that I would dig it so much! Literally, went to every Philz Coffee outlet we could find everyday. I have heard of mint tea, mint chocolate ice cream but mint ice latte was just next level in my opinion.
This Espresso Martini with my personal twist is influenced from my travel. The special ingredient, you guessed it: Mint! I managed to recreate the Philz Mint Coffee with booze. Its so easy to make and all you need is a boston shaker, a hawthorne strainer and a jigger.
Combine all the ingredients including the mint leaves. Add ice in a boston shaker and shake until foamy and chilled. Use a hawthorne strainer and pour all liquid and foam into a coupe glass and garnish with a mint leaf or 3 coffee beans.