It’s “a tribute to kings.”
Let’s say you find yourself in Aspen. You’re done with skiing for the day, and you feel like spending money. Maybe you’re looking for something to take the edge off, but no ordinary cocktail will do the trick—you need something opulent, and a magnum of champagne feels somehow passé. Enter the $800 cocktail.
You can find such a drink at Nello Alpine, opened last December by chef and restaurateur Nello Balan. The restaurant is an outpost of the original Madison Avenue location, which has a menu that The New York Times once described as “Diner food at Champagne prices.”
Among more moderately priced libations, bar director Costin Tarsoaga has concocted the $800 Nello Royal using Louis XIII Cognac (which runs about $2,000-$3,000 per bottle) and a blend of more plebeian ingredients like sugar and lemon juice. “This cocktail is a tribute to kings,” Tarsoaga says. “It is smooth and refreshing, just what a king would drink.”
According to a rep for the restaurant, no one has bought one yet.
by Costin Tarsoaga
1.5 oz. Louis XIII Cognac
.5 oz. Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire
.5 oz. demerara sugar
.5 oz. lemon juice (Madagascar lemons, if possible)
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker over ice. Stir (do not shake) and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.