Our Favourite Cocktails: The Hugo

Our Favourite Cocktails: The Hugo

June 1, 2018 0 By Nordic House

We’ve been loving the warmer weather here at Nordic House HQ, and it’s inspired us to get out our favourite recipes for summer cocktails! Is there anything better, on a warm afternoon, to make something cool, refreshing and totally delicious?

Well, we thought we’d share one of our favourites so that you can get in the mood, too!

Sandie’s favourite: The Hugo

Sandie is our founder and director, and her long-time favourite cocktail for a warm evening is a Hugo.

Sandie says: “I first tried a Hugo at Fifteen Cornwall, a gorgeous place to sip cocktails, watch the waves, and see the sunset. It’s been a firm favourite ever since!”

So what is a Hugo?

German in origin, the Hugo is a Prosecco-based cocktail, with plenty of lime and mint, making it similar to the classic Mojito. However, with elderberry syrup, it has a sweet and sharp twist.

The word Hugo comes from the Old High German word ‘hugu’, meaning ‘mind’, ‘heart’, and ‘spirit’ – which suits Sandie perfectly!

What you’ll need

As with all good things in life, quality ingredients make a big difference to the end result. Get the best you can afford or find, and keep the ingredients nice and cold before you unleash your inner bartender!

Ingredients per person:

  • 1 25ml shot elderberry syrup, or St Germain liqueur
  • 2-3 slices of lime
  • 2 leaves of mint
  • 150ml of Prosecco
  • 90ml of sparkling water
  • Ice, preferably cubed

How to make it

  1. Add your mint leaves to a hi-ball glass, using a muddler to mash the mint lightly to release the natural oils and flavour.
  2. Add the limes, giving them a little squeeze, and the ice.
  3. Pour in the elderberry syrup, prosecco and sparkling water.
  4. Stir everything together, and enjoy!

Get the look

We used our Bubble Glass Tall Tumblers to make the delicious Hugo cocktail even more beautiful!