Cocktail, Drinks, Recipes

Hugo, the summer cocktail

July 22, 2015
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It’s the time of year for lazy BBQ nights and refreshing summer cocktails. So, may I introduce Hugo. I’m personally not the biggest alcohol drinker. I enjoy the occasional glass of wine, Spritzer or bottle of Radler (Shandy for the UK readers), but have never been a fan of cocktails as they tend to be a tad too sweet for my liking. But that’s until Hugo came along.

I have yet to find Hugo on the menu of any British cocktail bar, but I’m sure I won’t need to wait long. The composition of prosecco, elderflower cordial, sparkling water, mint and lime (lemon in my case), is just about the most refreshing and tasty thing.

Add a handful of ice cubes, and in this hot weather, you truly won’t find anything better to drink in these scorching summer nights.

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The recipe really is rather simple, doesn’t require fancy cocktail shakers or anything of that sort and allows for personal adaptation if you wish for your drink to be slightly sweeter. Most importantly, you can easily leave out the alcohol and create kid-friendly drinks as well. And in case elderflower cordial isn’t sold where you live, my mom’s recipe is amazing and I highly recommend it.

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Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients:

  • 500ml prosecco
  • 200ml sparkling water
  • approx. 100ml elderflower cordial (although the sweetness depends on everyone’s personal taste)
  • plenty of ice cubes
  • a bunch of mint leaves
  • 1 lemon or lime, sliced

Instructions:

Combine the prosecco, sparkling water and elderflower cordial into a large pitcher and mix well. Add a few ice cubes, a bunch of mint leaves and sliced lemon or lime. Serve immediately!

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