Happiest Hour 

Hot drinks

Why you're here: It's the morning after a long night out on the town. You're ready for a big breakfast to refuel your ravaged bodyand a little hair of the dog. On the other hand, you could be here because you took it easy the night before, studying or doing work (you do-gooder, you!), and now you're venturing out into Missoula's winter wonderland and looking for a way to give your weekend morning a big boost. Here are some warm, happy options.

Irish coffee: Irish coffee is a full glass of coffee plus whiskey (Jameson Irish whiskey is recommended) and some Baileys, topped with whipped cream. Old Post bartender Pat Allgeier doesn't skimp on the booze, so one glass is all you need to get a buzz on.

Spiced cider: Not into the cream? Try hot apple cider spiked with Captain Morgan spiced rum. It's sweet and a little surlysomething to make you feel like you're starting your morning out on a high seas adventure. Even if you're just going to go back home and take a nap.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAVE KNADLER
  • Photo by Dave Knadler

Hot toddy: The favorite of Old Post waitress Leah, who says it's the perfect old-timey remedy for a cold. We agree. The lemon, honey and hot water mix deliciously with Maker's Mark to warm the body and create the perfect chest decongestant and sinus cleanser. Not that we're doctors.

Mexican coffee: The least popular hot drink of them all, but possibly a favorite for extreme tequila lovers. This one is coffee mixed with tequila, triple sec and Kahlua. It's the kind of coffee that puts hair on your chest and has you starting the morning with, "Yo no soy marinero. Soy capitán."

Where to find it: Any bar that serves coffee. But you'll definitely find these drinks at the Old Post at 103 W. Spruce St., on the corner of Higgins Ave., next to Wordens.

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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