I have been lucky enough to enjoy Heineken at the Heineken Factory rooftop bar in Amsterdam, drink German beer out of mugs bigger than my head at Hofbrauhauses (giant beer halls) in Munich, and knock a few meads back, which are drinks made from fermented honey and water. I even stumbled upon a German cocktail I loved more than German beer. I know, crazy. 

I was overwhelmed with the stellar cocktail and beer options in Germany until a Hugo was recommended to me. If you’ve never heard of this cocktail, you are not alone. Trust me though, after one sip of this sweet, crisp, and refreshing drink made with Prosecco, mineral water, and Elderflower syrup, you will never want to put your glass down.

This cold, minty, and easy-to-make drink can and should be enjoyed all year round, but it's especially delicious in the summertime. For those of you who love sparkling wine, or any wine in general, you will absolutely love this cocktail. 

It's time to ditch the go-to mimosa one weekend and make a Hugo for your next roomie brunch. This drink would also be perfect at an outside BBQ or picnic.  I understand that a Hugo is not the most sophisticated cocktail in the world, but it is consistently delicious and so easy to replicate. Travel back to Germany with me and try this Hugo recipe.


  • Prep Time:2 mins
  • Cook Time:5 mins
  • Total Time:7 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 200 ml La Marca Prosecco
  • 150-200 ml sparkling mineral water
  • 4 tablespoons Elderflower syrup
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 small limes
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  • Step 1

    Muddle mint leaves in a large wine glass and add a small handful of ice cubes to the glass. Add Elderflower syrup (you can add more to make it sweeter).

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  • Step 2

    Add Prosecco and stir everything together. Add more mint leaves if you desire and place some lime slices in the drink and on the rim of the wine glass.

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  • Step 3

    Enjoy responsibly, and as the Germans would say, “PROST!”

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