We’re officially one week into summer and I’m feeling it! Vienna has been hot and humid lately, and in our little non-air-conditioned apartment, there’s almost no escaping the heat. I say almost, because when the days are long and the nights are hot, there will always be Hugo.
And by Hugo, I mean iced sparkling cocktails! I can’t think of a better way to take the edge off on a hot summer day. While the Aperol spritz is certainly having it’s moment in the spotlight right now (and for good reason, they are delicious), the Hugo is really something special and one of my favorite Austrian summer cocktails. It’s an extremely refreshing prosecco concoction with fresh mint and lime, but making a Hugo at home is not always an easy task because of one simple ingredient: elder flower syrup. While this is something I can find in any grocery store in Austria, I’ve had a hard time finding in the States.
Don’t worry guys, I have you covered. If you can’t find elder flower syrup for the recipe, this green tea simple syrup will give you a similar earthy and floral flavor. I personally think the green tea syrup gives the drink a little more freshness, and it pairs perfectly with the mint and lime. Plus it is incredibly easy to make: if you can make a cup of tea, you can make this syrup.
Hugos are traditionally served in a large wine glass with a straw. I went with stemless here for something more casual. Once you have all your ingredients ready, this is an easy drink to whip up for a group, and they look beautiful. It’s perfectly light and festive for outdoor parties, BBQs, or summer dinner parties.
I hope you enjoy! Cheers to summer!
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