The authentic Hugo spritz cocktail recipe – straight from Northern Italy! A refreshing alternative to Italy’s classic spritz.
- 2/3 cup prosecco
- 1/3 cup sparkling water
- 1 – 2 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.
- 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.