A Hugo spritz is a clear and refreshing elderflower flavored cocktail. It’s a popular, before-dinner summer drink in Europe. Keep the main ingredients on hand so you can mix one whenever you want!
I was introduced to my first Hugo spritz by my friend, Katie, who used to write (beautifully, I might add) on her site, Domestiphobia.
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I think she’s now simply too busy immersing herself in her charming Italian life in Ferrara to have time to write about it! Lucky her!
I had never heard of this elderflower and Prosecco cocktail before, and was enthralled with its discovery! One of my favorite cocktails is a lemon drop martini, but now I’m having Hugos a lot, too! It’s much less potent and lighter than a martini, so just perfect for summer.
How do you Pronounce Hugo Spritz?
If you are in Italy and want to order a Hugo cocktail, you should ask for an “oo-goh spreetz”. The h isn’t pronounced in Italian, and an i is pronounced ee.
They’re not just wonderful in Italy, though! This is me enjoying one in my courtyard in Los Angeles.
What is a Hugo Spritz?
So if you’ve never had or heard of this delightful cocktail, a Hugo spritz is essentially a refreshing elderflower and Prosecco based beverage. It’s usually enjoyed as a before-dinner drink along with some nibbles, called an aperitivo which was invented in Turin. There’s a little story as to why a French liqueur is used in an Italian cocktail, but originally, it was made with another flavored liqueur. So, you’ll need St. Germain elderflower liqueur to make this cocktail. As you can see, my bottle is running low!
As an aside, my wonderful friend, Jill, from Mad About Macarons lives just outside Paris, near St. Germain in France! She shares lovely recipes, and travel posts, mainly about Paris.
Aperol spritz is probably the most famous Italian spritz of all.
What is a Hugo Spritz Made of?
As noted above, it’s a combination of St Germain liqueur, Prosecco and a splash of soda, as in, sparkling water, like San Pellegrino, for a classic spritz recipe. The ratios aren’t critical so you can make it according to the measurements the first time, then adjust to your liking. Add more or less elderflower liqueur, or more Prosecco, for example.
If you like elderflower, give this elderflower cider a try! My daughter and I discovered one like this in Scotland!
When you want a cool and refreshing drink, try a Hugo spritz for a change! I think you’ll be very pleased!
Hugo Cocktail Recipe (Hugo Spritz)
Classic spritz recipe makes 2 cocktails
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW
Note: for a less strong cocktail, use elderflower cordial in place of the St Germain liqueur.
Ingredients for a Hugo Spritz
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Start by adding the mint sprig in the glasses then add the St Germain liqueur. Muddle the mint of you like a stronger flavor.
Next add the ice and the sparkling water.
Then add the Prosecco.
Finish by garnishing with a slice of lime and more mint, if desired, and serve with a lovely aperitivo spread. Feel free to use lemon if you don’t have (or like) lime.
Cin cin e buon appetito, I hope you enjoy your Hugo cocktail!
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- a few mint sprigs
- 2 oz St Germain liqueur
- 1 oz sparkling water
- 4 oz Prosecco, preferably DOC or DOCG
- Start by adding the mint sprig in the glasses then add the St. Germain liqueur. Muddle the mint of you like a stronger flavor.
- Next add the ice and the sparkling water.
- Then add the Prosecco.
- Finish by garnishing with a slice of lime and more mint, if desired, and serve with a lovely aperitivo spread.
- You can easily eyeball this cocktail once you've made it a few times. Just add the amount of liqueur you like, a splash of sparkling water, the ice, then fill as desired with Prosecco and garnish! SO easy!
- For a virgin cocktail, use elderflower cordial in place of the St Germain liqueur and sparkling water for the Prosecco
- Feel free to use lemon if you don't have (or like) lime.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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