The Hugo Spritz is an effervescent cocktail that combines prosecco, elderflower liqueur, seltzer, lime, and mint.  Its flavor is delicate and refreshing making it the perfect aperitivo to any meal.

Hugo spritz cocktail with lime and mint garnish on white board.

Editor’s Note: Originally published on 3/15/2019.  Updated with expanded info.

The Hugo drink is a cocktail that originated in the small Alpine town of Naturno, Italy just south of the Austrian border and was inspired by the elder trees native to that area.

The original recipe included elderflower syrup, which we’ve replaced with elderflower liqueur.  

We’ve also added lime to our Hugo spritz because it further enhances the flavor and compliments both the mint and the elderflower flavors.

The Hugo spritz is great served at brunch, barbecues, and gatherings and the recipe can be increased to make a large pitcher for easier serving.

Ingredients shown: mint, prosecco, lemon lime seltzer, elderflower liqueur, and limes.

Hugo spritz ingredients

  • Prosecco. We use prosecco for the Hugo spritz, but any sparkling white wine would work perfectly here.
  • Elderflower liqueur. St. Germaine and St. Elder are two brands of elderflower liqueur that can be used for the Hugo spritz. St. Elder tends to be more budget-friendly than the St. Germaine, but use any brand you’d like.  If you prefer less alcohol, you can use an elderflower syrup in its place.
  • Seltzer. We used lemon-lime flavored seltzer as it adds just a touch of extra flavor.  Any sparkling plain or lime-flavored seltzer or club soda would work well here. 
  • Fresh mint leaves. Don’t skip the step of gently whacking the mint leaves before placing them in the glass.  This helps to release their oil and flavor!
  • Lime. Lime slices make a beautiful garnish and add additional flavor to the Hugo cocktail.

Hands pouring prosecco into a glass of hugo spritz cocktail.

How to make a Hugo Spritz cocktail

  1. Fill a wine glass with ice.
  2. Place 6 mint leaves in the palm of your hand and lightly whack them with your other hand. Then, place the mint leaves in the glass.
  3. Add 1 ounce of elderflower liqueur, 2 ounces of sparkling water or seltzer, and 3 slices of lime.
  4. Fill the glass to the top with prosecco and stir gently.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

This Hugo spritz recipe is easy and requires little to no effort.  In fact, the hardest part might be uncorking the prosecco!

What I love most about the Hugo spritz is that while it’s refreshing, its taste is anything but simple, and the elderflower adds a bit of mystique.

Hugo spritz cocktail with lime and mint garnish on white board.

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Hugo Spritz

4.93 from 13 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
This refreshing cocktail combines beautiful floral and herbal elements, elderflower and mint, with prosecco and lime to make the perfect aperitivo.  


  • 4 cubes ice
  • 1 oz Elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain or St. Elder
  • 2 oz Seltzer or sparkling water
  • 6 oz Prosecco
  • 3 slices lime for garnish
  • 6 leaves mint for garnish


  • Fill a wine glass with ice. 
  • Place the mint leaves in the palm of one hand and gently whack them with the other hand to release the oils and flavor. Then, hand tear the leaves and place in the glass.
  • Add 1 ounce elderflower liqueur, 2 ounces sparkling water or seltzer, and lime slices.
  • Fill the glass to top with prosecco and give a gentle stir.  Serve immediately and enjoy!


This recipe does not need to be followed exactly. 
  • Adjust the amount of Elderflower liqueur based on the size of your glass and your taste. 
  • We approximated 6 oz of Prosecco, but really just fill the glass to the top.  The amount can vary depending on your glass.
  • Add as much mint and lime slices as you desire!
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the elderflower liqueur with elderflower simple syrup, and replace the prosecco with club soda and a splash of lemonade or limeade. 


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on March 15, 2019.  It was completely updated on May 11, 2023.

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  1. Deborah Garcia says:

    4 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I had this in Zagreb Croatia and the cocktail also had vodka – too strong for me!

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Deborah, thanks for the comment. Was our recipe too strong for you or the one you had in Croatia? It would be helpful if you could clarify for us. Thanks!

  2. Karen says:

    I had one of these for the first time last night at a local oyster bar. It was so delicious, I just had to find out if there was a recipe online or whether it was created by some guy at the oyster bar named Hugo! Luckily, I found this! Thanks!

  3. Fran Chandler says:

    5 stars
    Love, love, love this! Only problem is I can’t keep the ingredients in the house because everyone in my family loves it too.

    1. Jim says:

      Hi Fran, thanks for the comment and so happy you and your family enjoy this one. It’s definitely great on a hot summer day!

  4. Karie McMurray says:

    5 stars
    Throw in four or five pomegranate seeds, or fresh cranberries for a little color. I prefer a dryer Prosecco, even a brut champagne.

    1. Jim says:

      Hi Karie, thanks for the comment and happy to hear you liked the recipe.