Hugo Spritz Recipe

The origins of this wonderful wine go back to 2005 when Italian bartender Roland Gruber devised it as a charming alternative to the traditional Spritz and became known as “Hugo”. The popularity of this cocktail quickly spread from its birthplace in South Tyrol to the Alps and beyond, mesmerizing enthusiasts with its taste.

Imagine strolling along Lake Garda, Italy’s serene shores, or enjoying a leisurely meal in the heart of picturesque northern Italy. Hugo Spritz is the ideal companion for these idyllic moments, offering a sweet escape from the ordinary. Unlike its bolder cousin, Aperol Spritz, Hugo embodies the elegance of elderflower syrup, carrying a subtle sweetness that beckons you to unwind after a day of exploring through the animals. Charming cobbled street.

Hugo Spritz Recipe

Hugo Spritz Recipe

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 drink
Calories 180 kcal


  • No specialized equipment is required.


  • 1 1/2 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 oz Martini Prosecco
  • 2 oz Soda water
  • 8-10 Mint leaves
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Mint sprig for garnish


  • Place mint leaves at the bottom of a wine glass.
    8-10 Mint leaves
  • Add 1 1/2 oz of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur.
    1 1/2 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Gently muddle the mint leaves to release their aroma.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Pour in 2 oz of Martini Prosecco.
    2 oz Martini Prosecco
  • Top with 2 oz of soda water for a sparkling effervescence.
    2 oz Soda water
  • Give it a gentle stir to combine the flavors.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint for a delightful visual touch.
    Lime wedge for garnish, Mint sprig for garnish
  • Enjoy the enchanting taste of the Hugo Spritz.



Pro Tips for Success:

Adjust the ingredient quantities to suit your taste preference, whether you prefer it to be slightly sweeter or more bubbly. Serve in a chilled glass to maintain the cocktail's refreshing temperature.


Typically, a Hugo Spritz contains around 150-180 calories, with elderflower liqueur being the primary source of calories. It's recommended to refer to the labels on your chosen ingredients for accurate nutritional details.
Keyword Hugo Spritz Recipe

Our think about Hugo Spritz

Hugo Spritz Poster

We’ve seen cocktail trends come and go, but Hugo Spritz has always been the focal point of summers. Among our recent favorites, Hugo Spritz is a great summer refreshment.

Its attractive color, harmonious blend of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Martini Prosecco, soda water, and a burst of mint and lemon create a symphony of flavors dancing on the palate.

What sets Hugo Spritz apart is its delightful balance—neither too strong nor too light, allowing you to enjoy your drink without ruining your day.

What is the difference between a Hugo and Aperol spritz?

The distinction between a Hugo and an Aperol spritz lies in their flavor profiles and key ingredients. Both cocktails share a foundation of liqueur, sparkling wine, and soda water. Yet, their unique characteristics set them apart.

An Aperol spritz is celebrated for its zesty and slightly bitter undertones. The bitter orange notes of Aperol create a tangy and refreshing experience, balanced by the fizziness of soda water and the effervescence of sparkling wine. 

On the other hand, a Hugo spritz showcases a different aromatic journey. Mint takes the stage in the Hugo, lending the drink a cooling and refreshing aspect. Complemented by the delicate floral notes of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, the Hugo is distinctly minty and floral without the bitterness that defines the Aperol spritz.

Is Hugo Spritz popular in Italy?

Hugo Spritz has garnered considerable popularity in Italy and neighboring countries. This delicate and refreshing recipe has become a favorite summer drink throughout Europe.

Hugo Spritz has earned the spot as a favorite replacement for Aperol Spritz in Italy. If the cocktail in your hand is not Aperol, then 90% will be Hugo.