Friday, December 24, 2010

Happiest Hour: Montana Club's Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Posted By on Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

This week's Happiest Hour focuses on a particularly festive Christmas Eve drink. Happy happy.

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Where it’s served: The new fully stocked bar at the Montana Club on Brooks Street. (It’s also available at the Reserve Street location, but there’s no way we’re battling traffic up there during the week before Christmas.)

What’s in it: Vodka, peppermint schnapps and crème de cacao with a cocoa rim and a small candy cane. “You can’t go wrong,” says bartender Jessica Benitez of the $6.99 drink. “ It’s all liquor; four shots.”

Why you’re drinking it: Because it tastes like a chocolate candy cane and you’re feeling the holiday spirit.

Who usually orders it: Not dudes, apparently. Benitez remembers one guy who ordered one, but he asked that it not be served in the fancy martini glass. Bah humbug.

Other winter favorites at the bar: Benitez says the Club’s Hot Buttered Rum and Traditional Eggnog (both $5.99) are top sellers along with the martini.

Signature drink, regardless of season: Has to be the dubiously named Grizarita. The menu describes it as a “tangy blend” of fresh huckleberries, Margaritaville tequila, fresh lime juice and a splash of OJ. They were heading out by the trayful during the dinner rush.

How to find it: The original Montana Club is located at 2620 Brooks Street. A second restaurant can be found at 4561 N. Reserve Street.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail editor@missoulanews.com.

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