by Melissa Lupo
For $250, you could take a hot-air balloon ride near Chicago, fly round-trip from New York to Iceland or buy a month’s worth of lunches. Or, you could down a single mixed drink.
Earlier this year, Rafael Sanchez—wine director and cocktail savant at Addison, San Diego’s most prized tasting menu experience—introduced the Corpse Reviver XIII, a riff on the classic cocktail of the same name that he upgrades with top-tier booze.
“We simply wanted to offer something special and truly luxurious on the cocktail front,” Sanchez explains. This is how he decided to use Addison’s annual two-bottle allocation of Adrien Camut’s Rareté, a spirit even more limited in distribution than the Pappy Van Winkle family of cultishly sought-after bottles. Only around 10 bottles of the 75-year-old calvados make it to the U.S. every year.