Hugo Spritz

We’ve declared this Hugo Spritz the drink of the summer! Fresh mint brings a bright flavor to this prosecco cocktail, sweetened with a touch of elderflower liquor, garnished with limes. We love sipping this drink out on the deck, sometimes so long we’re forgetting all about making dinner.

prosecco cocktail with mint and limes

Why We Love This Hugo Spritz Cocktail

This Hugo Spritz is winning a spot on our permanent cocktail rotation. While we love a classic Aperol Spritz, this version uses fresh mint leaves, tart limes and floral elderflower liquor. A bit lighter without the bitter flavor of Aperol, but just as refreshing.

This low alcohol cocktail is perfect for hanging out at the beach, parties and happy hours that extend long into the night. We planted mint in our backyard a long time ago to make mojitos whenever we want, and now to make these prosecco cocktails, too.

Check out this in depth article to learn more about the origins of a Hugo Spritz – we’re going to get right into what you need and how to make them!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Prosecco: You can also use champagne, but prosecco is typically used for it’s less expensive price tag.
  • Elderflower liquor: A sweet and floral liquor.
  • Soda Water or Seltzer: A plain soda water or seltzer. Soda waters bubbles will hold up longer in cocktails because it’s infused with a bicarbonate of soda. Either will work.
  • Fresh Mint: Just a few leaves for each drink, not a lot like you’d find in a mojito.
  • Limes: We’re not squeezing them, but a few lime slices adds just a touch of citrus to balance out the sweet flavor of the elderflower liquor and prosecco.
ingredients for making a hugo spritz cocktail

How To Make:

For complete instructions, head to the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Step 1 – Fill a glass halfway with ice. Lightly muddle a few mint leaves (or rub them together in your hands) and then add them to the glass. Add more ice on top of the mint leaves.
  • Step 2 – Pour 1/2 ounce of elderflower liquor into the glass, followed by 4 ounces of prosecco.
  • Step 3 – Top off with soda water and garnish with more fresh mint and lime slices.
prosecco being poured into a glass with mint and limes

Is Prosecco Expensive?

Generally, prosecco is much more affordable than champagne. Prosecco and champagne are both sparkling wine, but it can only be called champagne if it’s made in the Champagne region of Northern France, just outside of Paris. A place that I really need to get to one of these days.

You can purchase a nice bottle of prosecco for between 12 and 15 dollars, and there’s even less expensive options than that. Very inexpensive bottles tend to be sweeter, so if you’re looking for a nice crisp, slightly sweet prosecco try LaMarca like we’ve used here.

top of drink with fresh mint and limes

What Is St-Germain?

St-Germain is a French brand of elderflower liquor that is readily available at most liquor stores. It’s slightly sweet with a floral essence and it’s a lovely addition to many cocktails.

Fresh elderflowers are hand-picked once a year in late spring and up to 1,000 of the blossoms go into each bottle. So there’s a bit of a price tag involved, but it’s worth it. Especially since you usually only use 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce when making most drink recipes. Of course there are other brands but this is the name we see most often.

prosecco cocktail with mint in glass

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Hugo Spritz

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: No Cook
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x

This Hugo Spritz cocktail is so refreshing blend of prosecco, fresh mint and elderflower liquor. Perfect for sipping on warm summer days!



  • 46 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liquor (like St-Germain)
  • 4 ounces prosecco or champagne
  • Top with soda water (or plain seltzer)
  • 23 lime slices


  1. Grab a 6 or 8 ounce glass, whichever shape you like, and fill it halfway with ice. Gently muddle the mint leaves or rub them together in your hands and then add the to the glass. Add more ice on top of the mint.
  2. Pour in the elderflower liquor, followed by the prosecco. Top the glass off with soda water.
  3. Garnish with lime slices and more fresh mint, serve immediately.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: French / American

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