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Hugo Spritz – A Sparkling Summer Drink

Do you fancy a delightful drink that’s like a summer breeze? Meet Hugo Spritz! It’s a fizzy blend of bubbly, fragrant elderflower and zesty lime. Imagine sipping it out on a sunny patio and laughing with friends. Refreshing, right? Well, get ready to sip on this posh because it will be the 2023 hit!

What is Hugo Spritz?

Imagine a drink that’s like a sun-kissed breeze—refreshing, light, and utterly delightful. That’s the Hugo Spritz! This drink is a fizzy blend of Prosecco (sparkling wine), Elderflower Syrup (or St. Germaine), and a splash of sparkling water. And, then add the fresh mint sprig—it’s the secret ingredient that makes you go, “Ahh!”

Origins and History

Hugo Sprtitz was created by a clever bartender, Roland Gruber in the early 2000s in Northern Italy. He wanted to make an alternative to the classic Aperol Spritz. Why? Well, because sometimes you want something lighter, something that dances on your taste buds without overwhelming them. And Voila! Hugo Spritz was born.

It quickly became the iconic summertime drink across Europe, from Italy to Austria, Germany, and beyond.

Hugo Spritz Recipe

Let’s mix up a delightful Hugo Spritz, a lower-alcohol sparkling cocktail that’s perfect for warm days. It’s easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • 4 ounces prosecco (chilled)
  • 1 ounce soda water (chilled)
  • Garnish: mint sprig and a lemon wheel

Let us first tell you about Elderflower Liqueur and Prosecco, the two main ingredients of Hugo Spritz

Elderflower Syrup:

  • Elderflowers are delicate white flowers that grow in sunny climates in meadows and gardens!
  • Elderflower syrup is made by infusing these blossoms with sugar and water. It captures their sweet, floral essence.
  • It’s like a fragrant, golden elixir that adds a gentle sweetness to drinks and desserts.
  • Think of it as a magical potion that turns ordinary beverages into something special!

Prosecco:

  • Picture a lively gathering—maybe a picnic or a celebration. Prosecco is the life of the party!
  • It’s an Italian sparkling wine, similar to champagne but less intense. Bubbly, fizzy, and oh-so-refreshing.
  • Prosecco dances on your tongue with tiny bubbles, making you feel like you’re celebrating even when there’s no specific reason.
  • In a Hugo Spritz, Prosecco adds that delightful fizz, turning the elderflower syrup into a sparkling, floral potion.

Steps Involved in Making Hugo Spritz

  • In a wine glass, add the St-Germain and the mint sprig.
  • Gently muddle the mint and let it sit for 3 minutes (this releases its aromatic oils).
  • Add ice in the glass.
  • Pour in the prosecco, then the soda water.
  • Stir briefly and gently to combine.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy your refreshing Hugo Spritz

Non-alcoholic Version of Hugo Spritz

The Hugo Spritz is a delightful cocktail, and luckily, there’s a refreshing non-alcoholic version for those who prefer a booze-free sip. Let’s dive into the details:

Ingredients

  • 1 oz elderflower syrup
  • ½ oz lime juice (just a touch!)
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • 2 oz club soda, chilled
  • 3 oz non-alcoholic sparkling white wine (like Wander + Found Sparkling Cuvee Blanc)

Instructions

  • Add the elderflower syrup and lime juice to the bottom of a stemless wine glass.
  • Give the mint leaves a gentle clap in your hands (yes, really!) to release their aromatic oils. Tear the leaves in half and add them to the glass.
  • Stir gently to combine.
  • Add ice.
  • Pour in the club soda and stir again.
  • Top it all off with chilled non-alcoholic sparkling wine.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge (or an elderflower sprig if you have one!).
  • Cheers to a delightful Hugo Spritz without the alcohol!

How to Serve Hugo Spritz

Glassware:

  • The traditional way to serve a Hugo Spritz is in a large goblet or a globe-shaped wine glass.
  • These glasses provide plenty of space for ice and allow the flavors to mingle beautifully.
  • Stemmed glasses are ideal because they keep your hand away from the bowl, preserving the drink’s chill.

Decoration:

Mint Sprig: Before adding the ingredients, place a fresh mint sprig at the bottom of the glass. Gently muddle it to release its aromatic oils.

Ice: Fill the glass with ice cubes. This keeps your spritz cool and refreshing.

Ingredients: Pour in the following:

  • 1 ½ oz Prosecco
  • 1 oz Elderflower syrup (St. Germaine)
  • ½ oz Sparkling water
  • Stir gently to combine everything.

Garnish: You can top it off with more fresh mint leaves and, if you like, a slice of lemon for a citrus twist.

Remember, the Hugo Spritz is all about simplicity, floral sweetness, and refreshing lightness.

Best Occasions for Serving Hugo Spritz

The Hugo Spritz is perfect for warm, sunny occasions when you want something light, refreshing, and celebratory. Here are some ideal moments:

  • Garden Parties: Picture yourself in a blooming garden, surrounded by laughter and friends. That’s the perfect time for a Hugo Spritz.
  • Picnics: Spread out your checkered blanket, enjoy the outdoors, and sip on this floral delight. It pairs beautifully with sandwiches and sunshine.
  • Summer BBQs: When the grill is sizzling and the air is warm, serve up Hugo Spritz to keep everyone cool and cheerful.
  • Poolside Relaxation: Lounging by the pool? A chilled glass of Hugo Spritz adds a touch of elegance to your sun-soaked day.
  • Al Fresco Dinners: Whether it’s a rooftop terrace or a cozy patio, Hugo Spritz complements your evening meal.

Bottom Line

In a world of bubbles and blossoms, the Hugo Spritz reigns supreme. With its elderflower sweetness and Prosecco sparkle, it’s the perfect companion for sunny days and joyful gatherings. So raise your glass, clink, and sip—here’s to the magic of Hugo Spritz!

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