Hugo - Champagne Aperitif With Elderflower and Mint

"This drink sounds delicious! The Hugo is a new summer drink (would make a nice appetizer before a meal as well), originating in the South Tyrol region of Northern Italy, and is now popular all over Europe. Found on My German Kitchen in the Rockies. Serve a virgin Hugo, called a Heinrich, by substituting sparkling mineral water for the champagne. A Kurti is made by using basil leaves in place of the mint leaves. Find elderflower syrup at your local IKEA or online. Adjust the sweetness of your drink with the addition/reduction of the elderberry flower syrup."
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  • 100 ml prosecco (recommend Korbel Brut) or 100 ml champagne, brut (recommend Korbel Brut)
  • 150 ml sparkling water
  • 1 -2 teaspoon elderflower syrup
  • organic mint leaf
  • 2 organic limes, juice of
  • 1 organic lime, sliced
  • ice cube


  • Crush or muddle 4 mint leaves in a champagne or large wine glass.
  • Add a small amount of elderflower syrup (about 1-2 teaspoons or 5-10 ml). Be careful not to add too much, otherwise you will end up with an overly sweet aperitif.
  • Add the lime juice, champagne (100 ml= 3.38 fluid ounces) and mineral water (150 ml= 5 fluid ounces). Stir well with a cocktail spoon.
  • Add more mint leaves and lime slices, and ice as desired.
  • Serve with a straw.

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  1. OMG. Hugo is a most delicious summer time drink. Hubby and I were introduced on our recent trip to Germany. Where can we purchase the pre-made bottle/case in the South. We've made converts of neighbors to Hugo at get togethers
  2. This is a drink we took on as a favorite while in Salzburg this summer. It's a wonderful refresher, and one of the most popular at all the sidewalk wine stops. You should try it on a warm summer evening, especially good for outside.


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