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Tuesday 24 May 2011

Cocktail Hour: The Hugo

Yesterday, Alex told you how to make elderflower cordial. What she didn't know was that I'd been drinking elderflower cocktails in the Italian alps, and was planning on sharing my new found summer drink with you all. The Hugo is a traditional drink in German-speaking South Tyrol (I hadn't actually heard of it, and a quick Google flashes up an awful lot of recipes in German). It's the perfect tipple for refreshing lunchtimes in the sunshine.

You'll need:
  • Sparkling wine or Prosecco
  • Elderflower cordial (make your own with Alex's recipe)
  • Mint leaves
  • Sparkling water (if you fancy a longer drink)
  • Lemon slices
Shake it!

Add some cordial to a large wine glass and top up with bubbly. Add mint leaves and a slice of lemon. Use highball glasses and top with sparkling water if you fancy a longer drink. This is perhaps best enjoyed with a view of mountains, but a picnic and your best friends would be a wonderful substitute.


  1. Wonderful cocktail recipe, thank you. Here's the one I promised:

    Elderflower Martini
    1 oz elderflower cordial
    1 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
    1 oz Cinzano dry vermouth
    1/2 oz lime or apple juice

    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes.
    Shake until very chilled; serve immediately in a nice Martini glass!

  2. anything with Prosecco in it gets my vote. I'll do it and run a review of it on my site. Lucy @

  3. Do tell us what you think, Lucy! I think I'm going to be trying many more local cocktails now I've tried this one. I'm not even a massive fan of elderflower, but this one is so tasty. Luckily we had places to be, or I'd have drunk too many and fallen asleep in the sun.


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