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Where to find it: Finn & Porter (100 Madison Street, inside the Doubletree), the reigning winner of the Indy's annual readers' poll for Best Martini.

Origin: Added to the menu by one of the restaurant's revered mixologists—along with an extra "e," apparently—for a little local flair.

How to make it: Pour a 6 or 7 count of Woodford Reserve bourbon into a martini shaker. Then squeeze an orange slice, making sure to get just a little pulp into the shaker. Add a dash or splash of Grand Marnier—enough to make the drink sweet, but not overpowering.

Bartender's tip: Don't bruise the liquor by shaking it too hard.

Additional preparations: Priming the martini glass is almost as important as mixing the drink. First, chill the glass with ice while combining the liquor. Next, take an orange and delicately mist the glass with a natural spray. This is harder to do than it sounds—and why Finn & Porter bartenders deserve praise (and high tips).

Finishing touch: Garnish with an orange twist.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

The taste: Orangey, as you would imagine, but with a distinct bourbon aftertaste.

When to order it: Right about now, before you succumb to the temptation of an all-out fruity drink during the dog days of summer.

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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