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Hugo Aperitif

Did you know that a study has found there is a direct relation between the region of the brain responsible for taste memory and the area responsible for encoding the time and place we experienced the taste. Additionally, that taste is associated with memories of being in a location where something happened. For me Hugo's trigger my taste memory in the best possible way.

They take me back to my college days, lounging by a lake in the mountains of Austria, spending my Summer's with my best friends driving around, and eating ice cream at cafe's in Graz. They truly only bring happiness to my mind, which is exactly what I needed after being cooped up this long. A trip down memory lane, to a far off place, where the best people, food, and experiences have been made.

Now that you know a little bit about why a Hugo can bring me such joy, I wanted to share a little bit about the Hugo itself.

About Hugos:

Originating in Tyrol, a Western Austrian state, but widespread in Triveneto (Italy), Austria, Switzerland and (Germany), it is a slightly alcoholic aperitif. It is comprised of prosecco, elderflower syrup or liquor, soda water, mint, and lime. It is extremely refreshing making it perfect for the hot Summer months. Simple yet elegant, it's the perfect aperitif to serve at a dinner party, or to enjoy at lunch or even out boating.

What is an Aperitif?

It is an alcoholic beverage that is served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. With that reason, it is normally a dry drink rather than sweet. Other aperitifs that are popular are Aperol Spritz, Campari Spritz, a classic martini, or a Gimlet martini are a few of my personal favorites.


  • Prosecco (prefer Ruffino great price point for mixing)

  • Soda Water

  • Elderflower Syrup (I prefer to use St. Germain but you can buy a syrup here on Amazon, or Fresh Market carries this brand of cordial)

  • Lime

  • Mint

  • Ice

  • Large Wine Glass


1. Fill a large wine glass with ice

2. Pour in 1 oz elderflower syrup

3. Add a splash of soda water

4. Top with Prosecco

5. Add lime wedges and rounds

6. "Smack" the mint to wake it up and add (see vide here jump to 6:30 min)

7. Stir and enjoy

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