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  • Writer's pictureJenny

Hugo Cocktail

I'd like to introduce you to the Hugo Cocktail. I first experienced the magic of a Hugo Cocktail in Northern Italy, and it instantly became my favorite aperitivo. Sometimes called the Hugo Spritz, or sometimes just the Hugo (pronounced "oo-go" in Italian), I can't even describe how incredibly refreshing this drink is. Word is that the Hugo was invented by a bartender in Bolzano, which would explain its popularity in the Northern Italian region; however, it can be found all over Italy, as well as most other countries in Europe. Believe me, I look for it everywhere I go. There are variations with garnishes, but my favorite is with lime and mint. If heaven were a cocktail, this would be it.




  • 1 oz St. Germaine (or other Elderflower Liqueur)

  • 3 oz Prosecco

  • Splash of Gassosa or soda water

  • Fresh Mint leaves

  • Lime or lemon slices for garnish



  1. Fill a wine glass half full with ice.

  2. Rub a few mint leaves in your hands to release the oils and place them on the ice.

  3. Pour the St. Germain and Prosecco over the ice.

  4. Add a splash of Gassosa or soda water. I'm spoiled with Gassosa here in Italy, but soda water works just as well.

  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.


Serve in:

Large wine glass or tall tumbler.


Recipe collection: Italian Cocktails: The Art of the Aperitivo

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