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
Fill a wine glass half full with ice.
Rub a few mint leaves in your hands to release the oils and place them on the ice.
Pour the St. Germain and Prosecco over the ice.
Add a splash of Gassosa or soda water. I'm spoiled with Gassosa here in Italy, but soda water works just as well.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
Large wine glass or tall tumbler.
Recipe collection: Italian Cocktails: The Art of the Aperitivo
Looking for more cocktail recipes? Check out my Travel Inspired Cocktails page or one of my other cocktail recipe collections!
Did you make this cocktail?
Tag @uncharted_traveling & use the hashtag #UnchartedCocktails