If you follow With Two Spoons on Instagram and watched our stories last week, you might have seen a little oops moment that occurred when I was trying to photograph a new drink recipe. For those who missed it, I accidentally knocked over a full drink (ugh!) onto a marble pastry slab and shattered the wine glass, spilled the drink, and tipped over a nearly full bottle of prosecco onto my carpet. It was most definitely not one of my finer moments, but in the end, the drink was well worth it. Friends, meet your new summer drink: The Hugo Spritz.
Most of the credit for this drink recipe goes to an unidentified British girl in the lounge chair next to me on a beach near Dubrovnik a few weeks ago. As I sat under my beach umbrella, enjoying a gin and tonic in between dips in the Adriatic, I noticed that this girl next to me kept ordering a really pretty drink. Finally curious enough, I got up and asked her what exactly she was drinking. She replied (in her fantastic English accent!), “A Hugo Spritz, of course!” She then went on to tell me it was prosecco with elderflower and mint and I knew right then and there that I would have to give it a try. It quickly became the preferred drink of our trip!
Now, I might be a bit biased, but this drink tastes like a perfect summer day at the beach. It is a super simple drink. From my (somewhat obsessive) research since returning home, the Hugo Spritz is a popular aperitivo, particularly in Northern Italy. There are a lot of variations on the drink – but all of them have a few things in common: prosecco, mint, and elderflower. Refreshing, right?
Our take on the Hugo takes the classic flavor and amps it up a bit by using St. Germain, a gorgeous elderflower liqueur, instead of simple elderflower syrup. Simply take a large wine glass and fill it with ice cubes. Pour an ounce of St. Germaine right over the ice and add a few mint leaves and a small slice of lime to the glass. Top off the whole thing with a generous pour of chilled prosecco and give it all a stir. That’s it! This drink is best served cold and, preferably, somewhere warm and sunny.
Find our exact recipe for the Hugo Spritz below. Do you have any go-to cocktails for beach days? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, or in the comments! Cheers!
The Hugo Spritz
A light, refreshing aperitivo perfect for hot summer days.
- 1 oz St. Germain
- 3-4 fresh Mint Leaves
- 1 small slice lime
- 4-5 ounces prosecco, chilled
Fill a wine glass with ice.
Pour one ounce of St. Germain directly over the ice and then add a few mint leaves and a slice of lime.
Top off the glass with 4-5 ounces of chilled prosecco.
Briefly stir and enjoy immediately!