Happiest Hour: The Brojito at the Old Post 

This week we discover the Mojito’s younger, experimental brother.

What you’re drinking: Not a mojito at all. Try a complete photo negative of the Cuban specialty and you’re on your way to a brojito. Basil replaces the mint, there’s lemon instead of lime, and vodka instead of rum, all suspended in lemonade spritzer. Here I was expecting some Red Bull-enhanced trash can, but instead I was presented with an old-fashioned cocktail complete with a small salad on top. The citrus is light, and the basil flavor is slight, but it does what it’s supposed to: hides the vodka until it’s convincing you to order another.

Why you’ve decided to bro out: It’s been, like, 100 degrees, son. This lifting libation crushes body heat like that dude’s skull in last night’s UFC match. So instead of ripping the sleeves off your shirt to show off your totally rad tats (I mean, cool off), you’re going to sit on the Old Post’s patio and sip on some citrus and basil booze. Admittedly, the drink is not named for anything “bro” at all — it was developed by bartender Brittany Derr. Notice the similarities in the first two letters there. Anyway, she wasn’t present to receive the handshake I owe her, which would have been firm enough to muddle basil, fo’ sho.

Where to go to bro: The Old Post’s bartenders will know what you’re talking about down at 103 W. Spruce. But I bet if you bring careful instructions (and maybe your own basil), you can spread the word all over town. Bro.

Brooks Johnson

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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