Hugo Spritz

A modern classic

Originally created near the Italian Alps, the Hugo Spritz is refreshingly bright and remarkably easy to make. This cocktail recipe is a blend of sweet, bubbly, and botanical, traditionally served in a wine glass and garnished with fresh mint.

Cocktail History

The Hugo Spritz was created in the early 2000s in Northern Italy, and it soon gained widespread popularity, becoming an iconic summertime drink throughout Europe. It was designed by Roland Gruber as an alternative to the classic Aperol Spritz, offering a lighter option for anyone looking for new spritz recipes.

Like most great drinks, simplicity is what sets the Hugo Spritz recipe apart. It combines Prosecco and Elderflower Syrup or St. Germaine with a splash of sparkling water and a fresh mint sprig. This blend strikes a delicate balance between floral sweetness and refreshing lightness, making it perfect for a hot summer day.


Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 1 ½ oz of Prosecco
  • 1 oz of Elderflower syrup or St. Germaine
  • ½ oz of Sparkling water
  • Mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice (optional)


Freeze ice spheres with Ice Sphere Molds ahead of time.

Fill a Spritz Glass or large wine glass with ice spheres.

Use a Stepped Jigger to measure the ingredients.

Pour the elderflower syrup or St. Germaine over the ice, followed by the Prosecco. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.

Top off the mixture with sparkling water and garnish with fresh mint leaves. If you prefer a citrus twist, add a lemon slice.

Mixology Influence

The Hugo Spritz recipe has contributed to the popularity of St. Germaine cocktail recipes. St. Germaine, an elderflower liqueur, adds an irresistible floral hint to drinks. It's become an essential ingredient for modern mixologists and a favorite for home bartenders alike.

Any large glass will work for your Hugo Spritz, but we recommend something stemmed with a large bowl. Our Angled Crystal Spritz Glass is crafted to elevate any spritz drink, with an elegant stem that protects your cocktail from the heat of your hand and full bowl that’s perfect for showcasing the delicate aromatics of the Hugo Spritz.

The Hugo Spritz recipe is a delicious summertime drink and a masterclass in how to combine classic flavors in a new way. Whether you're a seasoned bartender or a curious enthusiast, the Hugo Spritz is a must-try. Salute!

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