The Hugo Spritz is a fairer cocktail than the typical spritz. It somewhat follows the basic formula but swaps out the traditional bitters liqueur for the herbal elderflower liqueur, St-Germain. However, the bubble elements stay true, combining sparkling wine and soda water. The addition of muddled mint highlights the herbaceous notes from its elderflower element.
The origins of the Hugo are a bit murky, but industry reports believe it spread from South Tyrol, Italy, sometime in the early 2000s. However, with its simple composition, it likely has been made long before under other monikers. Its flavor is herbaceous, light, and refreshing, and a non-bitter alternative to the ubiquitous Aperol Spritz.
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