We finally got a snow-filled winter, and so it's time for a happiest hour that keeps you warm.
Why you're here: It's the morning after a long night out on the town. You're ready for a big breakfast to refuel your ravaged body—and a little hair of the dog. On the other hand, you could be here because you took it easy the night before studying or doing work (you do-gooder, you!) and now you're venturing out into Missoula's winter wonderland looking for a way to give your weekend morning a big boost. Here are some warm, happy options.
Irish coffee: Irish coffee is a full glass of coffee plus whiskey (Jameson Irish whiskey is recommended) and some Baileys, topped with whipped cream. Bartender Pat Allgeier doesn't skimp on the booze, so one glass is all you need to get a buzz on.
Spiced cider: Not into the cream? Try the hot apple cider, which is spiked with Captain Morgan's spiced rum. It's sweet and a little surly—something to make you feel like you're starting your morning out on a high seas adventure. Even if you're just going to go back home and take a nap.
Hot toddy: The favorite of Old Post waitress Leah, who says it's the perfect old-timey remedy for a cold. We agree. The lemon, honey and hot water mix deliciously with Maker's Mark to warm the body and create the perfect chest decongestant and sinus cleanser. Not that we're doctors.
Mexican coffee: The least popular hot drink of them all, but possibly a favorite for extreme tequila lovers. This one is coffee mixed with tequila, triple sec and Kahlua. The kind of coffee that puts hair on your chest and has you starting the morning with: “Yo no soy marinero. Soy capitan.”
Where to find it: Any bar that serves coffee. But you'll definitely find these drinks at the Old Post at 103 W. Spruce on the corner of Higgins Ave. next to Wordens.
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