Hugo Spritz

This Hugo Spritz is a classic Italian cocktail recipe that has become extremely popular lately! A great summer drink with fresh and bright flavors.

Two clear glasses of Hugo Spritz garnished with mint and lime sitting on a wood board

Why You Will Love This Recipe

The “Hugo Spritz” is a popular cocktail that originated in northern Italy. It’s a refreshing and light cocktail that has gained popularity in recent years.

This Hugo Cocktail is similar to its popular cousin, the Aperol Spritz, with some swaps that makes it uniquely its own.

The Hugo Spritz is known for its light and floral flavors, making it a popular choice for warm weather or as an aperitif before a meal.


You can find the full ingredient and instruction below in the recipe card.

You only need a few simple ingredients to make a Hugo Spritz cocktail:

Prosecco – Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine that is on the sweeter side

Elderflower Liqueur – This liqueur is surprisingly not as floral as the name suggests. It also adds sweetness to the drink.

Soda Water

Limes – it is also common to make this with lemons instead! Use whichever you prefer!

Fresh Mint

Two stemless wine glasses of Hugo Spritz on a white counter

Instruction Overview

This cocktail can simply be built in a glass over ice and garnished with the lime and mint.

If you want a stronger lime or mint flavor, those ingredients can be muddled with the elderflower liqueur before building the cocktail.

Either lemon or lime works well here, so use either one based on what you have or like!

Top off the cocktail with the prosecco as it is not necessary to exactly measure it. But know that if you pour substantially more than the 4 ounces, you will start to lose the other flavors.

People often adjust the ratios to suit their taste preferences. Feel free to experiment with the proportions until you find the balance you enjoy the most.

A glass of Hugo Spritz on a wood board


What is Hugo Spritz made of?

A Hugo Spritz is made of prosecco (Italian sparkling wine), elderflower liqueur, club soda, fresh mint, and lime.

What flavor is a Hugo Spritz?

A Hugo Spritz is light and refreshing with a light sweetness and fresh notes from mint and citrus.

What is the difference between Aperol and Hugo Spritz?

A Hugo Spritz uses elderflower liquor instead of Aperol, lime or lemon instead of orange, plus the addition of mint.

Is Hugo Spritz popular in Italy?

Yes, the Hugo Spritz is popular in Italy, especially in the summer and in the mountains!

Can you get a Hugo Spritz in America?

Yes! You can order this as the ingredients are rather common. The cocktail is also gaining in popularity.

Is a spritz served with ice?

Yes! While Europe does not use ice much, a spritz is served over ice.

A wood board with two glasses of Hugo Spritz with fresh limes and mint sprigs
Pin of a Hugo Spritz cocktail with fresh mint and limes, and title at top
A glass of Hugo Spritz on a wood board

Hugo Spritz

This Hugo Spritz cocktail is a popular and classic Italian cocktail recipe featuring prosecco sparkling wine, elderflower, mint, and citrus. Similar to an Aperol Spritz, this light and refreshing cocktail is perfect for summer and warm weather.
5 from 14 votes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 drink


  • Jigger
  • Muddler


  • 4 ounces prosecco
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1 ounce club soda or sparkling water
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • lime wheels or wedges as garnish (or lemon)


  • Fill your wine glass with some ice.
  • Pour the elderflower liqueur over the ice, followed by prosecco and a splash of club soda.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig and lime or lemon wedges/wheels.


For stronger mint and/or lime flavors, muddle with the elderflower liqueur first before building the cocktail.
Keyword Sparkling Wine

16 thoughts on “Hugo Spritz”

  1. 5 stars
    This cocktail looks pretty and tastes light and refreshing. It is the perfect drink for sipping on the front porch at the end of the evening.

  2. 5 stars
    I thought this tasted wonderful, very refreshing. I am looking for lower calories cocktails that still taste great and this fit the bill.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! I love how flavorful this Hugo spritz is. The elderflower is not nearly as floral or sweet as you would think. Great balance of flavors!

  4. 5 stars
    This Hugo spritz looks super refreshing and flavorsome! I need to try this when the weather is looking nicer as it would be such a nice treat to enjoy in the sun, Thank you for sharing this recipe, I can’t wait to make this!

  5. 5 stars
    This was a very refreshing cocktail. It was a great way to use up the last of my bottles and it went perfect after a dinner of grilled chicken salad.


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