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Spring is in full swing and it’s time to polish up your cocktail-making skills! I recently made a delicious spring cocktail called the Hugo Spritz, or The Hugo.
It isn’t new but I had never tried it before. It is so light and refreshing. The Hugo Spritz was invented in 2005 in Northern Italy as an alternative to the Aperol Spritz. Which, if you haven’t had one of those, are DELICIOUS. I wrote a whole blog post two years ago dedicated to the Aperol Spritz.
The Hugo Spritz is a lovely mixture of elderflower water, prosecco or sparkling wine, soda water, lime, and mint.
I had never tried elderflower water before but I think it would be delicious just by itself over ice. In reading about the elderflower, I was surprised to learn about all of the health benefits.
Studies have shown it to be antiseptic, antiviral, and to also have anti-inflammatory properties. The flowers are known for their high antioxidant content and Vitamin C, which is great for boosting the immune system.
If there were ever an ingredient that sounds like it’s perfect for cocktails during a pandemic, this one may be hard to beat! 🙂
The favorite elderflower liqueur of choice for this drink is made by St. Germain and is a French liqueur made with fresh elderflowers that are hand-picked once a year in the spring.
Every bottle of St. Germain contains up to 1,000 elderflower blossoms. And the bottle is SO BEAUTIFUL. I saw other brands of elderflower liqueur at the liquor store, but none of them could hold a candle to this bottle. I’m a sucker for packaging. 🙂
Each bottle is numbered, and the last two digits indicate the year it was bottled.
The flavor of St. Germain is a combination of peach, pear, citrus, and honeysuckle. The golden color comes from the pollen and is natural. There are no artificial flavors or colors.
Spring in a bottle. 🙂
So on to the recipe. This is a very easy drink to make.
First, you fill a glass half full with ice. I used crushed ice and an old-fashion glass rather than a wine glass. I chose a heavier glass because you have to muddle the lime and mint with the ice and wine glasses can be a bit fragile for that.
I used one slice of lime and a few mint leaves. You can adjust to your preference. I used a wooden tart tamper to muddle the ingredients with the ice.
Then you add an ounce of the elderflower liqueur. Then five ounces of prosecco or sparkling wine. I don’t like prosecco so I used the sparkling wine. Then top it off with a splash of soda water or sparkling water. Garnish with lime and mint and you are good to go!
So here’s the recipe so you can get right to making your own:
- 1 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 3-4 fresh Mint Leaves
- 1 small slice of lime
- 5 ounces prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled
- Soda water
- Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
- Add the lime slice and mint. Muddle them with the ice.
- Add 1 ounce of St. Germain.
- Add 5 ounces of prosecco or sparkling wine.
- Top with a splash of soda water.
Briefly stir and enjoy!
This is an absolutely lovely and refreshing cocktail that will take you all the way through summer. It can be enjoyed out under a shady tree, on the beach, or after a long day of work.
I hope if you have never tried the Hugo Spritz that you will give this one a try. I think you’ll love it!
If you make one, let me know how you like it!
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