Happiest Hour: Dirty Girl 

What you’re drinking: A Dirty Girl. A glass of your favorite root beer—don’t try too hard, A&W will suffice—and a shot of Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur distilled at Headframe Spirits in Butte, America.

Why it’s awesome: Few flavors conjure memories of the best parts of being a kid like root beer. Summer vacation, sticky fingers, Little League, Easy-Bake Ovens—add whatever cliché you like to the list, root beer is on it too.

Why it’s really awesome: Orphan Girl is Headframe Spirits' Montana-mining-town rebuttal to Baileys Irish Cream. Rather than Irish whiskey, though, it’s made with bourbon. The result is silky and sweet with just enough bite to remind you you’re imbibing. At 70 percent ABV, it puts the dirty in Dirty Girl.


Where it should be enjoyed: Don’t order this drink at a bar. You can if you want, but don’t tell your friends the Indy recommended you do. The way to really enjoy a Dirty Girl is at home, on the couch, with a loved one or someone you’re trying to love (excuse the innuendo, we didn’t name the drink). Don’t make a spectacle of it either. Just buy a six pack of root beer and a bottle of Orphan Girl ($22) and pour over ice. It’s a simple drink, and should be enjoyed simply.

For you skeptics: Sugary cocktails get a bad rap for being cheap, headache-inducing mistakes made by kids on spring break. Don't even think about lumping the Dirty Girl in with that foolishness. Sure, it's sweet, but Orphan Girl is the good stuff: it won top honors at the 2012 SIP Awards, an international spirits competition.

Tis’ the season: Tax season that is. And what better way to procrastinate filing your return than by indulging in a flavor you last enjoyed before the IRS knew your name. You only have 41 more days.

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

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