Houston bartender Alba Huerta combines two grape-based ingredients: Cognac and sparkling red wine. The name of the drink refers to the golden age of cocktails in the South—the Pierre Ferrand 1840 here is a revival of the type of Cognac popular during that time; a shim is a kind of low-proof drink.
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Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
One 1-inch piece of lemongrass (inner bulb only), thinly sliced
1/4 ounce Rich Simple Syrup
1 ounce overproof Cognac, preferably Pierre Ferrand 1840
1/2 ounce Pineau des Charentes rosé (Cognac-fortified grape juice)
2 ounces chilled sparkling red wine
1 bunch of Champagne grapes, for garnish
How to Make It
In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle the lemongrass with the Rich Simple Syrup, then transfer to a chilled wineglass. Add the Cognac and Pineau des Charentes. Fill the glass with crushed ice and spin a swizzle stick or bar spoon between your hands to mix the drink. Top with the sparkling wine and garnish with the grapes.
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