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The Journalist


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Background: Reputation would lead you to believe that journalists only drink cheap whiskey from the bottle and the blood of corrupt politicians, but those are unfair stereotypes. We much prefer to sip the tears of fallen stars willing to spill their story in an exclusive. Just kidding.

In fact, journalists generally drink whatever they can get their hands on or whatever fits the occasion. During last weekend's Montana Newspaper Association annual convention, hosted in Missoula, we decided to try an appropriate cocktail for the festivities: The Journalist.

The scoop: The Journalist calls for 1.5 teaspoons of sweet vermouth, 1.5 teaspoons dry vermouth, 1/2 teaspoon of triple sec, 1.5 ounces of gin, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 dash of bitters. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

  • Joe Weston

Inside source: We scored ours at Brooks and Browns, inside the convention's host hotel, The Holiday Inn Downtown. The Journalist had been described to us as essentially a "perfect" martini, meaning it includes equal parts dry and sweet vermouth, but bartender Bridget Stokes disagrees. "It's not a martini if it includes more than gin," she says. "This is just a mixed drink in an up glass."

Editorial comment: The Journalist is crisp and dry, but as Stokes' colleague Aime Macdonald points out, it's the type of drink "where you only have one, maybe." This journalist downed his and promptly switched back to cheap whiskey.

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