Green Tea + Mint Prosecco Cocktail (The Hugo)

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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!


Serves: 1

My favorite Austrian cocktail, but with a twist! While elder flower syrup is the traditional Austrian Hugo flavor, the simple green tea syrup is just as good (maybe even better), and super easy to make at home. The perfect drink for entertaining or just relaxing on a hot day.

  • Ingredients

    1 wedge of lime
    3 large mint leaves
    20 ml elder flower or green tea syrup (recipe below)
    150 ml cold processo
    50 ml sparkling mineral water

    Green Tea Simple Syrup
    ½ cup water
    2 tea bags of your favorite green tea
    ½ cup sugar

  • Make it

    To make the Hugo
    Squeeze the lime into a large wine glass and drop the lime wedge into the glass. Take the mint leaves and roll them between your fingers to release their fragrance, and then drop them into the glass. Add the syrup. Give this a swirl with a stirrer or small spoon so the mint, lime and syrup are more combined. Fill the glass with ice. Carefully pour in the prosecco (it will fizz up a lot). Then top with mineral water. Give it a light stir to combine all the flavors. Enjoy immediately!

    To make the syrup
    Heat up the water in a small saucepan until it is just boiling. Once it’s just about to start boiling, turn off the heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, turn the heat back on and bring the tea to a simmer.

    Once simmering, add the sugar. Keep it on a simmer, don’t let it boil too vigorously, and stir continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved, immediately turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner. Let this cool completely before using. Keeps in the fridge up to one week.

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