Friday, December 3, 2010

Benjamin Newby Is On Fire!

Award-winning cocktail The Bombay General from The Underground's Benjamin Newby. (Photos: Rockit Ranch Productions)

So, Thursday night at Underground during the third-annual Modern Man Fashion Show, we had the opportunity to sample the entire fall cocktail menu. Yes, the whole damn thing.

Created by operating partner/GM Benjamin Newby, the menu consists of 10 sensational sippers guaranteed to be a hit with cocktail connoisseurs. In fact, one of the drinks was such a hit that it won GQ's America's Choice Cocktail Competition.

The Bombay General is one flaming piece of work. Literally. Made with Bombay Sapphire gin, Domaine De Canton, orange marmalade, egg white and UG's secret syrup, the pièce de résistance is when it's set on fire tableside. And after tasting it, we're not surprised it won.

There are other bright spots on the menu, including female-friendly cocktails Effen Haze (Effen vodka, Domaine De Canton, ginger liqueur, fresh lemon, ginger syrup and rosemary-infused grapefruit juice), Private Pear (Grey Goose La Poire, pear puree, muddled blackberries and basil leaf) and the Lt. Lavender (Sweet Tea vodka, St. Germain, fresh lavender and ginger ale). And guys will definitely look smooth drinking the Gee General! martini made with Grey Goose, Noilly Pratt dry vermouth and onion vinegar.

But we're not sure how well a Bloody Mary-inspired cocktail will do at a late-night lounge. M.A.S.H. comes with Sauza Hornitos Reposado, tomato juice, UG pepper syrup, cilantro, cayenne pepper and egg white, and is very decadent for a crowd used to popping bottles of bubbly and vodka.

All cocktails are $12.

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