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Dining at Downton: Champagne julep

There’s something I’ve been keeping under my hat for a while, and it’s time you knew: Josh and I are engaged!

We’re thrilled, and despite all the chaos of starting a new school year, we couldn’t be happier. We’re also trying to get used to calling each other “fiance,” which feels pretty weird. (Did anyone else find that?)

As we’ve been telling our families and friends, they have been very kindly responding with good wishes and congratulations…and Champagne. Lots of Champagne. It’s pretty funny, actually, and we’ve been enjoying it quite a bit, when we can open the bottle. (Josh struggled greatly to open the bottle of Prosecco we used to make the following cocktail. In the end, the cork shot through two rooms and landed behind the couch. It boggles the mind!)

that dastardly cork

I can’t help but think that the Crawley family would have toasted with Champagne when Matthew and Mary announced their long-awaited engagement on Downton Abbey. We never saw the family’s response (because, let’s face it, Matthew and Mary smooching in the falling snow is all you really needed by that point), but Champagne would have been an appropriate toast. So let’s extend our little celebration to the internet via a 1920s Champagne julep, straight from The Savoy Cocktail Book.

Personally, I find this to be kind of a silly cocktail, as it’s basically Champagne with sugar. Nevertheless, it’s an easy and refreshing drink to make, especially if you’re distracted by exciting news. Simply add Champagne (or Prosecco, as I did) to a glass with a teaspoonful of sugar, stir, and garnish with fruit or mint. And toast to your favorite celebratory news.

Champagne Julep
(slightly adapted from The Savoy Cocktail Book, via Savoy Stomp)

1 bottle of Champagne or Prosecco
2 tsp of sugar, divided
mint, to garnish
ice

Pour 1 tsp of sugar each into 2 long tumblers. Pour enough Champagne into each glass to fill, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add ice and bruised mint. Enjoy, and top off with Champagne as needed.

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