Local Concoction is GQ's "America's Choice Cocktail"

The Underground's Bombay General takes national title

By Marcus Riley
|  Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010  |  Updated 12:58 PM CDT
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The Underground operating partner <a title=Benjamin Newby shows how to make his gin concoction that's in the running for "America's Choice Cocktail."" />

The Underground operating partner Benjamin Newby shows how to make his gin concoction that's in the running for "America's Choice Cocktail."

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Chicagoans don't have to go very far to sip one of the best cocktails in the country.

The Bombay General, a gin concoction created by Benjamin Newby, the operating partner of The Underground nightclub, won the GQ's "America's Choice Cocktail" contest, and will be featured in a two-page spread in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

Newby spent a couple of years perfecting the winning recipe, which also includes ingredients such as Domaine De Canton, egg whites, lemon and marmalade.

The cocktail was entered in the text-based contest based on a fifth place finish at the national Bombay Sapphire mixology competition in Las Vegas a few months ago.

"I'm really happy, and thankful for all the people who voted for me," Newby said. "It's a great honor to have a cocktail that I love so much earn so much prestige."

The winning drink is on the menu at The Underground, both Rockit Bar & Grill locations, and at Sunda restaurant.

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