The Heiress (Downton Abbey Week)
.5 oz. raspberry simple syrup
Sparking wine or champagne (brut)
Lemon juice, fresh
Mixed seasonal berries, for garnish
Heat one cup filtered water with one cup sugar and bring to a rolling boil. Muddle raspberries in a separate cup. Take simple syrup off heat, add in the muddle raspberries, and stir on heat for 2-3 minutes. Strain mixture and remove seeds. Pour raspberry simple syrup into a double old fashioned glass filled two-thirds full with pebble-size ice. Add champagne to cup to fill. Add a splash (or more to taste) of fresh lemon juice and stir. Garnish with berries and serve. Cheers!