I was introduced to this bubbly treat on a business trip to Frankfurt last week and I have been raving about it since. It is called “Hugo”, a popular new cocktail-especially in the Alps-and has been working its way up through Europe from its birthplace in Alto Adige in Northern Italy. By using elderflower syrup, Hugo has a light sweetness which is emphasized by the fizzing, sparkling bubbles of prosecco. Elderflower syrup is available at all IKEA stores and online at L’Epicerie.

Cocktail Hugo Recipe:

  • 2 cl (slightly less than 1/2 a shot or 1-2 tbsp) elderflower syrup
  • 10 cl (half of a glass) of Prosecco
  • 2 or 3 mint leaves, rubbed to release the oils
  • one ice cube
  • Optional:
  • Splash of soda or sparkling water
  • Slice of lemon or lime


Pour the syrup into the Prosecco and drop the mint and ice cube in. Top with sparkling water and lime, if desired.

Viva elderflowers and prosecco!