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The Bodega Birthday Shot

When to order it: On your birthday, obviously, or some other celebratory occasion. Also appropriate to order for an unsuspecting enemy.

What it looks like: Something from Star Trek that eventually gets put into someone's ear by Khan, aka Ricardo Montalbán. Or perhaps like something that's preserved in a laboratory jar. It should be noted, this drink is sometimes called a "tapeworm shot."

Secret ingredient: Mayonnaise, which is squeezed into the shot glass, hence the appetizing appearance of what looks like a tapeworm.

Other ingredients: One part well gin, one part sloe gin, one part tequila and one part Wild Turkey. We're told by various bartenders that the ingredients can change on a whim. Except the mayo. That's a constant.

What it tastes like: Kind of like cherry, if you're lucky.

What's the texture: Chunky.

Recommended chaser: Anything. We went with a shot of Jack. We've seen other birthday revelers choose a straight shot of tequila. Whatever the choice, make sure to settle your stomach before taking to the bar's indoor basketball court. Regurgitated mayo on the hardwood is a definite party foul.

Where to order it: The Bodega, 221 Ryman Street, in downtown Missoula.

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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