The recipe for the sparkling aperitif cocktail from South Tyrol
Hugo Rezept Cocktail und Aperitif
leicht (bis 10%)
Modernity (from 2005)
Created by:
Roland Gruber

The Hugo has become one of the hottest cocktails in the last decade. Incidentally, the refreshing drink has its origins in South Tyrol and was first mixed by Roland Gruber at the end of 2005. Gruber wanted to create an alternative to the classic Aperol Spritz. The Hugo is served in a bulbous wine glass.

  • Prep Time1 min
  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time6 min
  • Yield1 jar
  • Serving Size260 ml
  • Energy229 cal
  • Cuisine
    • italienisch
  • Course
    • Getränk
  • Cooking Method
    • Stir


For your Hugo

  • 160 ml prosecco*
  • 100 ml mineral water
  • 3 cl elderflower syrup
  • 1 mint stalk
  • 1/2 lime
  • Ice cube


  • Wine glass
  • Bar spoon


Thoroughly wash the mint, pick a few of the lower mint leaves from the stem, press them with your hand and put them in the glass
. Fill the glass with a few ice cubes and lightly squeeze the lime half over it. Cut the squeezed lime in half again and add it to the glass as well.
Add the elderflower syrup, then pour in the Prosecco, top up with mineral water and stir gently.
Pick off the top part of the mint and use as decoration. Your summer drink is ready.

The Hugo is especially good spiced up with a few frozen raspberries or strawberries. If you prefer your summer drink a little less citrusy, just use 1/4 lime. You want to try the original Hugo? Replace the elderflower syrup with lemon balm syrup.

  • Nährwerte

  • 1 servings per container
  • Serving Size260 ml
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories229
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat0.5 g78 g0.64%
  • Total Carbohydrate26.4 g275 g9.6%
  • Dietary Fiber0.2 g28 g0.71%
  • Total Sugars24.2 g
  • Protein0.4 g50 g0.8%
  • Calcium49 mg1300 mg3.77%
  • Iron0.1 mg18 mg0.56%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)15.9 mg90 mg17.67%
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)0.1 IU33 IU0.3%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.01 mg1.2 mg0.83%
  • Iodine0.6 mcg150 mcg0.4%
  • Magnesium3.2 mg420 mg0.76%
  • Chloride3.2 mg2300 mg0.14%
  • Alkohol11.3 g

How the famous Hugo cocktail was created

Over the past two decades, the Hugo cocktail has grown in popularity, becoming a staple on cocktail menus worldwide, especially in the early 2010s. Its mild sweetness coupled with its fresh and sparkling character made it the ideal drink for warm summer evenings. But where does the popular cocktail actually come from and how did it find its way into people’s bars and hearts?

The origins of the Hugo cocktail

It all began in 2005 in South Tyrol, Italy, in Naturno to be precise. Roland Gruber, a bartender based here, was looking for an alternative to the usual summer drinks like the Aperol Spitz or the Mojito. In his search for a new, refreshing change, he composed a fresh, floral and sparkling cocktail of elderflower syrup, mint, lime, prosecco* and mineral water.

The origin of the name

People like to speculate about the origin of his name. However, Gruber himself said that this is a randomly chosen name and has no meaning.He chose this one because it is short and therefore easy to remember. Moreover, the simplicity of its name perfectly symbolizes the lightness and simplicity of the cocktail.

The spread of the Hugo

After its invention, the Hugo quickly spread throughout South Tyrol and became a popular cocktail in the bars and restaurants of the region. The booming tourism and the rich gastronomy of South Tyrol eventually brought the cocktail to the wider regions of Italy.

The Hugo conquers Europe

In the years that followed, the drink eventually caught on throughout Europe. Especially in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, it quickly became one of the most popular summer drinks. The uncomplicated preparation and the simple, readily available ingredients also ensured its rapid spread.

As the popularity of the Hugo grew in Europe, it became a popular summer drink in other countries as well. It gained a permanent place on the cocktail menus of the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

Variations cocktails to the Hugo

Due to the easy preparation and the manageable ingredients, there are now countless variations of the cocktail. If you prefer a less alcoholic option, you can simply replace the prosecco with a light white wine or even non-alcoholic sparkling wine.

Another option is to use the commercial syrup replace with fresh elderflower syrup. This is much more elegant in flavor and can be made quite easily yourself. Another option for even more flavor variation comes from combining different herbs like rosemary or basil.

If you want to try an original Hugo, you should go for lemon balm syrup instead of elderflower syrup. However, this is difficult to obtain. However, doing it yourself is also worthwhile here.


It started in South Tyrol, but within a few years the Hugo cocktail has become a worldwide phenomenon. Its ease of preparation and variety of variations have made it a global classic.

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