Light Hugo Spritz

Sharon Palmer

Ah, a light and lovely Hugo Spritz. If you’ve traveled to Italy, you might have stumbled across the traditional, refreshing alcoholic beverage. In fact, I first became acquainted with it in my trips to South Tyrol, Italy—the Italian Alps—where it originates, though it’s widespread now in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It features just a few key ingredients: prosecco (Italian sparkling wine), elderflower syrup or liqueur, and seltzer water, with mint leaves (or lemon balm leaves) and lime wedges. It is utterly refreshing, with just a hint of sweetness, effervescent bubbles, and an herbal-lime flavor. I enjoyed these drinks so much during my time in South Tyrol that I sought after recreating my experience at home in California—especially after discovering I had limes, mint, and lemon balm readily growing in my garden.

I lightened up my Hugo with sparkling mineral water instead of sweetened sparkling water, and a lighter touch of Prosecco. With just 5 ingredients, you can make up these cocktails quickly and easily. They are perfect for warm days in the outdoors, or social events calling for a pretty cocktail. I froze pansies in my ice cubes for these cocktails, which is a fun trick to make your drinks even more beautiful.


Light Hugo Spritz

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Make the classic South Tyrolean cocktail called Hugo Spritz with elderflower liqueur, prosecco, sparkling mineral water, and mint or lemon balm leaves.



  • 6 ice cubes
  • 10 fresh mint or lemon balm leaves (or a combination of both)
  • 1 fresh lime, sliced thinly (6 slices)
  • 2 ounces elderflower liqueur (i.e., St Germain)
  • 6 ounces sparkling mineral water, regular or lime-flavored
  • 8 ounces prosecco (Italian sparkling wine)


  1. Place 3 ice cubes in two large wine glasses.
  2. Add 5 fresh mint or lemon balm leaves to each glass.
  3. Add 3 slices of fresh lime to each glass.
  4. Add 1 ounce elderflower liqueur to each glass.
  5. Add 3 ounces of sparkling mineral water to each glass.
  6. Slowly top with 4 ounces of prosecco in each glass, taking care to allow bubbles to settle while pouring. Gently stir ingredients to mix.
  7. Serve immediately!

  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: South Tyrolean


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 188
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 4 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g

Keywords: hugo spritz, easy cocktail, homemade hugo spritz

For other light cocktails, check out my favorites:

Light Aperol Spritz
Muddled Strawberry Lemon Agave Margarita
Cucumber Herb Champagne Sparkler


A fuzzy picture of my first Hugo in a bar in Dorf Tirol, Italy.
Beautiful South Tyrol
A bar menu, featuring Hugo, in South Tyrol.


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