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A Refreshing Hugo Spritz Recipe with St Germain

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You’re going to love this Hugo Spritz recipe. It’s a super refreshing cocktail made with St Germain, champagne and fresh mint. This classic summer wine cocktail is the easy-drinking spritzer your next girls’ afternoon needs. With just 4 simple ingredients it also takes just 5 minutes to make!

Woman pushing a Hugo Spritz garnished with fresh mint across the counter towards you.
This Hugo Spritz recipe is one of the most refreshing floral cocktails for a sunny afternoon.

This sparkling wine spritzer is the Italian elderflower cocktail you need!

St Germain and Champagne is a classic combination taken to the next level in this delicious alternative to an Aperol Spritz.

A spritz recipe to make all summer long

A Hugo Spritz is one of the best wine cocktail recipes out there. Made with St Germain elderflower liqueur topped up with sparkling wine and soda water sipping one just feels like summer.

St Germain is a French liqueur infused with fresh elderflowers that is great for adding a touch of sweetness to cocktails without being too overpowering.

Related: St Germain Wine Spritzer

And did I mention how easy this champagne spritzer is to make??

If you own spritz glasses, a muddler and a bar spoon, great! But all you really need to make this easy-drinking summer cocktail is a measuring cup.

Ingredients

Ingredients to make a Hugo Spritz on the countertop.
Here’s what you need to make a St Germain Hugo Spritz.

Here’s what you need to make a Hugo Spritz for your next happy hour:

If you already have a bottle of sparkling wine like Champagne or Cremant at home and you don’t want to go out to buy Prosecco you can totally use that instead.

Prosecco is the natural choice for this Italian sparkling wine spritzer, but you do you!

I used this Jaqueline Leonne sparkling rosé wine to make this because it’s what I had on hand and this is particularly dry for a rosé. There’s really no wrong way to make this. Use what you like!

Hugo Spritzers sometimes contain a dash of gin but I’ve left it out to keep this spritzer light and easy to drink. These are so good you’ll want to be able to enjoy a couple of them!!

If you want to add gin, try to choose something floral to compliment the elderflower of St Germain.

See the printable recipe card below for quantities and full recipe.

Directions

Woman measuring St Germain into a spritz glass.

Step 1

Add St Germain to the spritz glass.

You don’t have to use a spritz glass (the ones shown are considered red wine glasses but I think they look like a spritz glass) I just love the way they look! A regular wine glass is fine.

Woman adding mint leaves to a spritz glass of St Germain.

Step 2

Add the mint leaves.

Mint being muddled in a balloon glass.

Step 3

Muddle to release all of that lovely mint flavor and smell, and leave to infuse for 3 minutes.

NOTE: This is key! The flavors are pretty subtle in this cocktail so letting the mint mingle with the St Germain will make it a little more bold.

Woman adding ice to a spritz glass.

Step 4

Add ice.

Woman measuring pink Prosecco into a cocktail.

Step 5

Top with champagne or prosecco.

I like to measure everything so that I get the balance right. I’m a terrible estimator. Feel free to wing it.

Woman pouring a can of soda water into a spritz cocktail.

Step 6

Top with soda water.

I like slightly crushed ice in my summer spritzers as it keeps things nice and cool!

Woman garnishing a Hugo Spritz with fresh mint.

Step 7

Gently stir with a bar spoon so you don’t make the spritz fizz up too much, and add a fresh mint garnish.

Hint: Clap the fresh mint between your hands before adding as a garnish to lightly bruise it so it will release its fragrant oils.

A Hugo Spritz next to bottles of pink Prosecco and St Germain.

And enjoy! This Hugo Spritz recipe is crazy easy to make and deliciously refreshing for those warm spring and summer days.

Variations

  • Cucumber – add slices or ribbons of cucumber made with a vegetable peeler (these are super pretty!) to the spritz glass to infuse a bit of cucumber flavor. This version is super refreshing. I’ve not tried it, but I think cucumber flavored soda water would also work well here (but don’t be tempted to substitute for tonic water which will make the spritz bitter. Not what we’re going for here!)
  • Citrus – slices of lime added to the glass will add a little freshness and zip! Lemon would also work but I think lime tastes better.

Top tips

  • Want a sweeter cocktail? Just add a dash of simple syrup.
  • Looking for a lower-alcohol drink? Just reduce the amount of sparkling wine and add a little more soda water instead.
  • To make Hugo Spritz for a crowd, just scale up the recipe in a pitcher. Add the mint to the St Germain ahead of time to really infuse with flavor. Don’t add the champagne or club soda until just before serving.
  • If you just make a single spritz for yourself, you can use individual-sized Prosecco so you don’t waste a whole bottle.
Woman holding a Hugo Spritz garnished with fresh mint.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use gin in this spritz?

Yes! Just add a splash to each glass with the St Germain.

Does it matter if I don’t serve this Hugo Spritz in a spritz glass?

Of course not! If I’ve got a lot of people around I serve this summer spritz in different kinds of wine glasses. I love stemless glasses. And I’m not going to judge you if you want to use plastic disposable glasses instead, or even paper cups!

Is there anything I can use instead of St Germain?

I urge you to get a bottle of St Germain because it is delicious and you can use it in lots of recipes. You can use any other brand of elderflower liqueur too.

If you can get hold of elderflower syrup or cordial (but not elderberry, which will make your cocktail fruity not floral) you can substitute those instead. These are typically non-alcoholic which would make the drink lower in alcohol.

More easy wine spritzer recipes

Since you already have a bottle of St Germain you should also make these boozy Elderflower Liqueur Cupcakes!

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A woman with her hand on the stem of a spritz glass on a counter holding a Hugo Spritz.

Hugo Spritz with St Germain

A super refreshing wine cocktail made with St Germain, champagne and fresh mint, a classic Hugo Spritz is the easy drinking spritzer perfect for your next girls' afternoon.
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 213kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a spritz glass muddle the fresh mint leaves and St Germain. Let sit for 3 minutes.
  • Add ice and top with prosecco and soda water.
  • Stir gently.
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Notes

Variations
  • Cucumber – add slices or ribbons of cucumber made with a vegetable peeler (these are super pretty!) to the spritz glass to infuse a bit of cucumber flavor. This version is super refreshing. I’ve not tried it, but I think cucumber flavored soda water would also work well here (but don’t be tempted to substitute for tonic water which will make the spritz bitter. Not what we’re going for!)
  • Citrus – slices of lime added to the glass will add a little freshness and zip! Lemon would also work but I think lime tastes better.
Top tips
  • Want a sweeter cocktail? Just add a dash of simple syrup.
  • Looking for a lower alcohol drink? Just reduce the amount of sparkling wine and add a little more soda water instead.
  • To make Hugo Spritz for a crowd, just scale up the recipe in a pitcher. Just be careful when adding the Prosecco and the soda water, and stirring the drink.
  • If you just a single spritz for yourself, you can use individual-sized Prosecco so you don’t waste a whole bottle.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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