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Hugo cocktail in South Tyrol in Italy.

Hugo Cocktail Recipe – Straight from South Tyrol

  • Author: Candice


The authentic Hugo spritz cocktail recipe – straight from Northern Italy!  A refreshing alternative to Italy’s classic spritz.


Units Scale
  • 2/3 cup prosecco
  • 1/3 cup sparkling water
  • 12 tsp elderflower syrup
  • 8 one-oz cubes of ice (or 8 oz ice)
  • Slice of lime
  • A few fresh mint leaves


  • Add the ice to the glass.
  • Add the elderflower syrup, sparkling water, and prosecco.
  • Add the fresh (un-muddled) mint leaves.
  • Mix gently (you don’t want to ‘de-gas’ the cocktail).
  • Cut a notch in the lime slice and add it to the side of the glass.
  • Enjoy!


  • The key (as with most recipes) is to use quality ingredients – especially a good elderflower syrup and prosecco.  D’arbo syrup (from Austria) is an excellent syrup.
  • Use a dry prosecco.  The drier the better.  It will complement the sweetness in the elderflower syrup.
  • Use the proportions of the recipe.
  • Use elderflower syrup – not elderflower berry syrup, elderflower liqueur, or melissa syrup.
  • Add the lime slice to the side of the wine glass rather than inside the glass.  You’ll get a lovely whiff of lime as you drink your Hugo spritz.  The lime complements the drink better than a lemon.
  • You can use any glass, but the Hugo spritz looks best in a long-stemmed wine glass.