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A Hugo Cocktail is the perfect drink to serve at your next get together! Full of the fresh flavors of mint and citrus, it’s a crowd pleasing cocktail suitable for any occasion!
With Italian roots, this Prosecco based cocktail is beyond refreshing!
You may be familiar with an Aperol Spritz, but I encourage you to give the Hugo Spritz a try! This is a refreshing cocktail made with elderflower cordial, citrus (lemon or lime), Prosecco, and soda water.
Why we love this recipe:
While in Italy, my sister and discovered the beauty of a fabulous aperitivo. An aperitivo is a drink enjoyed between work and dinner. Essentially, it is an appetizer drink that is a bit lighter.
We found respite in daily Hugo cocktails, which seemed to be a cultural staple! I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t tried a Hugo prior to our Italian ski trip. Needless to say, I was hooked!
This refreshing cocktail is full of flavor! Sweet mint, elderflower liqueur (you know I LOVE!), citrus, and Prosecco… This is a dream cocktail!
Hugo Cocktail Ingredients
- Citrus (lemon or lime)
- Elderflower Liqueur
- Soda Water
- Fresh Mint
Step by Step Instructions for Hugo Spritz
- In a large glass, preferrably a white wine glass, combine lemon juice, mint, liqueur, Prosecco, and sparkling water.
- Place mint between your hands and clap. This allows the sweet mint flavor to come forward. Place in glass.
- Stir well. Add ice if desired.
- Garnish withh additional citrus or mint if desired, enjoy!
Tips for Success & FAQs
A well chilled spirit is the key to a delicious Hugo Cocktail!
Make sure the Liqueur, Prosecco, and sparking water is very very cold!
Tip: If you don’t have time to chill, pop the bottles AND the glasses in the freezer for a few. When ready to serve, add some ice to the cocktail glasses too. This is an east way to chill out fast! :)
You can certainly leave out the mint, but at that point you’ll be drinking a Prosecco spritz. Fresh mint is a key ingredient of this cocktail!
I recommend “clapping the mint to life”. A trick I picked up from a bartender in Los Angeles. Place the mint between your palms and give a clap! This will bring the mint flavor forward without making the leaves bitter.
While the two are certainly different, you can use them interchangeably in this recipe. Traditionally this recipe is made with Prosecco, as it has Italian heritage. The flavors will be slightly different if using Champagne, or even sparkling wine, but you will still have fantastic results!
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- Juice of Half Lemon or Lime
- 1 oz. Elderflower Liqueur, well chilled
- 4 oz. Prosecco, well chilled
- 2 oz. Sparkling Water, well chilled
- 1 Sprig Fresh Mint
In a large glass, preferrably a white wine glass, combine lemon juice, mint, liqueur, Prosecco, and sparkling water.
Place mint between your hands and clap. This allows the sweet mint flavor to come forward. Place in glass.
Stir well. Add ice if desired.
Garnish withh additional citrus or mint if desired, enjoy!
Rather than muddling the mint, it is advised to clap the mint to life! Then a good stir to incoporate the fresh flavor into the cocktail.