Age D'Or Shim

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. Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015 

Age d'or Shim
Photo: © Lucas Allen
Total Time:
5 mins


  • One 1-inch piece of lemongrass (inner bulb only), thinly sliced

  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 ounce overproof Cognac, preferably Pierre Ferrand 1840

  • 1/2 ounce Pineau des Charentes rosé (Cognac-fortified grape juice)

  • Crushed ice

  • 2 ounces chilled sparkling red wine

  • 1 bunch of Champagne grapes, for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle the lemongrass with the 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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