The original Hugo is a fairly new cocktail that has been on the rise in recent years. A few years ago you could only find such a Hugo in Tyrol and South Tyrol, the last couple of years, the drink started a true European conquest and you can see Hugo’s popping up in all European bars. Hugo was invented by a bartender from South Tyrol, Roland Grüber. In the original version a kind of lemon balm was used, but since this is not so easy to obtain, it was replaced by elderflower syrup. How the Hugo gets his name is not really clear. Inventor Roland Grüber explains that he has chosen the name because it sounds better than Otto.

What do you need?

  • 12cl. non-alcoholic sparkling wine (we used Codorniu Zero)
  • 4 cl. elderflower Syrup
  • 5 cl. sparkling water
  • Ice cubes
  • Two wedges of lime
  • A sprig of mint

How do you make it?

  • Put some ice cubes in a wine or water glass
  • Pour the elderflower syrup in the glass
  • Now add the Codorniu Zero
  • Fill the glass with a little sparkling water until almost full
  • Stir briefly and finish with two wedges of lime and a sprig of mint
  • Enjoy!