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Hugo Cocktails

These Hugo Cocktails are delightfully refreshing spritzer with fresh mint, lime, elderflower syrup, Prosecco, and sparkling water!

Hugo spritz cocktail in a glass with lime and mint

While on a ski trip to the Dolomites in Northern Italy one winter, I encountered a tasty cocktail called a Hugo. And I couldn’t get enough of it. Fortunately for me, Europeans were just as excited about this drink as I was and you could find it just about everywhere I travelled. Needless to say, that was the year of the Hugo.

Apparently the Hugo was first created in 2005 in Northern Italy, but quickly caught on with the Austrians and Germans. You can now find it premade in bottles or made fresh at bars in Europe.

But then I moved to America and it was so long Hugos. That is, until I learned just how easy this cocktail is to make! With just a few minutes of work, you’ll have a refreshing summery cocktail as good as the stuff on the Amalfi coast! Let’s do this.

Hugo spritz cocktail in a glass with lime and mint

Hugo Cocktail Ingredients

  • Mint: Refreshing and cooling. Muddle the mint a bit to get the oils moving.
  • Lime: A few slices of lime add zesty flavor that balances out the sweet syrup.
  • Elderflower Syrup: Floral, sweet, and delicious! You can either make elderflower syrup yourself or buy it online.
  • Prosecco: A dry sparkling white wine from the town of Prosecco in Northern Italy.
  • Sparkling/Seltzer Water: You can use either, as they’re about the same thing. Seltzer was a German brand of sparkling water whose popularity transformed it into a generic trademark kind of like “Kleenex”. Club soda, however, is different. Don’t use club soda.
Prosecco, sparkling water, elderflower syrup, lime, and mint for making homemade hugo cocktails

How to make the perfect hugo spritz

Step 1: Muddle the Mint
Briefly muddle the mint in your serving glasses, or rub between your palms. This will get the oils moving to impart all that tasty mint flavor into your hugos! Add the mint and a few slices of lime to each glass.

Step 2: Assemble
Add your elderflower syrup to each glass…

Pouring elderflower syrup into a hugo spritz cocktail in a glass with lime and mint

…and then your Prosecco…

Pouring prosecco into a hugo spritz cocktail in a glass with lime and mint

…and finish with a splash of sparkling water!

Pouring sparkling water into a hugo spritz cocktail in a glass with lime and mint

Step 3: Serve
Briefly stir to combine then serve on ice. Enjoy!

Hugo spritz cocktail in a glass with lime and mint

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Hugo spritz cocktail in a glass with lime and mint

Hugo Cocktails

These Hugo Cocktails are delightfully refreshing with fresh mint, elderflower, Prosecco, and sparkling water!
Print Pin Rate
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: hugo, hugo cocktail, hugo spritz
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: 4th of July, Game Day, Valentine’s Day
Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
4.32 from 16 votes


  • 1 sprig of mint
  • ½ lime sliced
  • 1 Tbsp elderflower syrup more if you like it sweet, 15 mL
  • 1 cup Prosecco or white sparkling wine 236 mL
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp sparkling water 15 to 30 mL
  • ½ cup ice cubes


  • Muddle: Briefly muddle the mint in your glass, or leaves between your palms to draw out the flavor, then place in glass. You can either remove the leaves from the stem or keep them on. Add lime slices.
  • Assemble: Pour in elderflower syrup, Prosecco, and a splash of sparkling water.
  • Serve: Stir to combine and serve immediately on ice.


Does not store well. Serve immediately after assembling. 


Serving: 1hugo | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 0.6g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 12.1g | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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