Turning 21? Burn, baby, burn with Feruqi's Flaming Lamborghini 

What you're drinking: the Flaming Lamborghini at Feruqi's

Where you're drinking it: With roughly one bar for every 1,600 residents, Montana is an, umm, accommodating place to turn 21, and Missoula, as the second-largest and obviously best city in Montana, is the best town in which to partake on your special day. Missoula boasts at least 20 bars and taprooms within easy walking distance just in downtown, making a power lap for the record books, but where to start? If you'd rather black out early (not that we recommend it) and avoid remembering the wretched humiliation that awaits you at the end of the night, consider starting at Feruqi's. With a Flaming Lamborghini.

How to drink it: It's important to understand that "flaming" is not a metaphor. The Flaming Lamborghini is actually on fire. The drink involves a cocktail glass, two shot glasses and a blowtorch. The bartender lights the 4 oz. cocktail, which you immediately slurp through a straw. Pro tip: Be sure you completely empty your lungs and totally relax before you begin, because as soon as this baby's lit, the pressure is on and you can't pause for breath. If you don't drink it fast enough, the liquor caramelizes and your straw melts. Total amateur move.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY REBECCA KEITH
  • photo by Rebecca Keith

But really, what are you drinking: The Flaming Lamborghini consists of four sugary liqueurs and has an alcohol content of almost 40 percent. Bols Cacao Brown and Sambuca are combined in the cocktail glass. One shot glass is filled with Bols Blue Curacao and the other with Bailey's Irish Cream. After the cocktail is set ablaze, you drink that concoction, then douse the flaming cocktail glass by tossing in the shots. Then you drink that. It finishes all warm and creamy, sort of the taste-bud equivalent of driving a Lamborghini, if the Lamborghini—and maybe you, too—were on fire.

Why you're drinking it: Well, that's worth a long, sober think, now isn't it? But chances are good it's because it's your birthday, in which case the drink is free. Otherwise it costs $14 dollars and your memory of the next 12 hours.

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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