Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hub Punch knocks out the competition

HUB 51's potent Hub Punch is one of three winners for the annual "Cheers Ibiza Bartender Challenge." (Photo: HUB 51)

HUB 51's R.J. Melman, who owns the River North hot spot with his brother Jerrod, is currently chilling out in Ibiza, Spain right now.

Why?! The new restaurant's signature and very potent Hub Punch (made with Licor 43, citrus-flavored vodka, Reposado tequila, fresh-squeezed lemonade as well as pomegranate, orange and lime juices) won the annual Cheers Ibiza Bartender Challenge.

Sponsored by the Spanish-based Licor 43, the contest sets out to discover which bar/restaurant makes the most creative cocktail with the citrus and fruit-flavored liqueur. Melman jetted out to Ibiza this weekend for the awards ceremony and a series of parties.

The Hub Punch's pricey at $35 a pitcher, but I guess if you do it in lieu of a bottle of wine it's about the same.

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