Transport yourself to the Italian coast with this light, refreshing, SUPER simple Hugo spritz. Just mix elderflower cordial, prosecco and soda, top with mint and lime and enjoy your elegant aperitif.
When I was recently in Italy, this light and zesty beauty was my go-to early evening cocktail. While the Aperol spritz may be synonymous with a spritz, I MUCH prefer the delicate, refreshing flavour of a Hugo spritz.
Elderflower is a hard flavour to describe – it’s light, floral, delicate and a little citrusy – and it pairs perfectly with prosecco and soda in this SUPER easy, very refreshing cocktail.
It’s as easy as mixing elderflower cordial (or liqueur) with prosecco and soda, then finishing with lime and mint leaves. Plus, it’s super easy to scale up for entertaining, and you can play with the quantities to adjust to your taste (and the amount of alcohol included).
- Elderflower cordial. You can also use elderflower liqueur if you like (like St Germain).
- Prosecco. Or any sparkling white wine would work, even champagne if you’re feeling fancy.
- Soda water. Sparkling water also works, as does lightly flavoured soda water (try one flavoured with lime or elderflower).
- Lime. Thinly sliced lime finishes the spritz off and provides another lovely refreshing flavour to the drink.
- Mint. Make sure you either muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of your glass or scrunch them up with your hands before adding them, to let them release their flavour.
How to make it
Scrunch up the mint leaves with your hands (this will help them to release their lovely fragrance and flavour), then add a few ice cubes to your glass.
Pour in your elderflower cordial. Top with the prosecco, then the soda, and finish with the mint and lime. Give it a little stir, then serve.
Got a question?
Often a little gin is added – it works really well with the lovely floral flavours of elderflower and can temper any sweetness. When I was in Italy, there would often be a few berries (raspberries or blackberries) added at the end to the spritz and I’d highly recommend them as a lovely little garnish!
Yes! It’s a super easy one to scale up. If you make a jug or a bowl, don’t add ice to it. Serve the ice in the glasses you’ll serve the cocktail in, so that it doesn’t water down the drink.
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