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Hugo: Alpine Spritz from South Tyrol

If you have visited South Tyrol, you might have already tasted it …

Hugo - Apéritif made of sparkling wine & elder juice
Hugo - Apéritif made of sparkling wine & elder juice

An apéritif made of sparkling wine and elder juice, fresh and refined with a peppermint leaf. Ideal for a convivial evening.

© IDM Alto Adige/Marion Lafogler
Hugo
Hugo

The typical apéritif from South Tyrol made of sparkling wine and elder juice is refined with a peppermint leaf.

© IDM Alto Adige/Marion Lafogler

It has proven to be a keeper among the range of South Tyrolean Cocktails. Lighter than the once leading Spritz or Veneziano, it is ideal for hot summer nights, but also worth a taste in winter, never disappointing due to its delicious main ingredient: elderflower syrup!

The word in everyone's mouth is Hugo, the South Tyrolean Aperitivo which presents a welcome alternative to the overstretched Spritz. It is with growing interest that the rest of Italy looks curiously at this minty refresher, appearing more and more also on the drink lists of other Italian regions.

Popular especially among the ladies, also men know how to appreciate this drink. The easily prepared apéritifs is ideal to toast with friends. Its success is not a coincidence. One of the secrets is its simplicity.

Hugo - Elder juice & sparkling wine
Hugo - Elder juice & sparkling wine

A simple but tasty apéritif. Ideal for hot summer days and refreshing due to a fresh peppermint leaf.

© IDM Alto Adige/Marion Lafogler
Apéritif - Hugo
Apéritif - Hugo

Hugo is an apéritif that is offered in every bar in South Tyrol. Elder juice and sparkling wine are the main ingredients.

© IDM Alto Adige/Marion Lafogler

The recipe for home

The joy of tasting a Hugo can certainly be heightened by drinking it in front of the spectacular panorama of the Dolomites or Alps, seen from your hotel terrace, bar or restaurant in South Tyrol. But also back home Hugo presents a delightful experience. Possible side effects: Might bring up some happy memories of your holidays in South Tyrol.

Here the ingredients: ice cubes, 3/10 elderflower syrup, 7/10 Prosecco (sparkling water added according to taste), a few mint leaves and a slice of lemon or lime. Voilà! Your very personal Hugo is ready to be enjoyed within the comfortable walls of your own home. Cheers!

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