The Hugo Spritz is a popular Italian Spritz recipe that highlights the diversity of the Spritz category. Traditionally the Spritz is made with 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts bitter liqueur and 1 part sparkling water. However, as the Hugo Spritz perfectly displays, there is room within this formula to create great Spritz style drinks that move away from the set formula.
In this case, the typical bitter aperitivo is replaced with the delicious and delicate floral notes of an elderflower liqueur. The drink’s function as a crisp, fresh aperitivo cocktail is maintained by adding a splash of fresh citrus and mint leaves, ensuring the most refreshing of drinking experiences.
- 40 ml ELDERFLOWER LIQUEUR (2 parts)
- 60 ml PROSECCO (3 parts)
- 60 ml SPARKLING WATER (3 parts)
- 1 LEMON WEDGE (1/6)
- 8 – 10 MINT LEAVES
How to make it
- 1 – Squeeze a wedge of lemon into a large wine glass then discard it. This process importantly adds essential oils from the peel of the lemon, along with the fresh juice. Once squeezed it’s also rather attractive, so don't add it to the glass, it’s done its job!
- 2 – Add mint leaves to the glass then the liquid ingredients.
- 3 – Fill the glass with ice and use a stirrer or spoon to tease the mint leaves throughout the drink. This agitation will not only ensure a more attractive looking drink, it will also release the flavors from the mint leaves. Don’t over do it, you don’t want to make the drink go flat!
- 4 – Garnish and serve.
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