The Sparkling Cocktail I'll Be Drinking All Fall (Hint: It's Not an Aperol Spritz)

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I know I’m going to get a lot of flack for this, but I need to get it off my chest: I don’t like Aperol Spritzes. 

Believe me, I’ve tried to like the ultra-trendy cocktail. A few years ago, I begged my boyfriend to go to a bar that had Aperol Spritz on the menu when we were on vacation, only to find the drink is far too bitter for my taste. If I’m being totally honest, I found the drink du jour hard to swallow. (I know, I’m sorry.

Ever since my fizzled foray into the Aperol Spritz, I thought I’d have to sit out of the trendy bubbly cocktail fad. Fortunately, I was recently introduced to a cocktail called the Hugo—and am convinced it’s going to become 2020’s “it” drink. 

A mix of Prosecco, elderflower liqueur, and some club soda for extra fizz, a Hugo has the light, refreshing taste of a signature summer cocktail without the bitterness of an Aperol Spritz. It's so good I'm planning to make it my go-to drink this fall, but really, this is a cocktail you could drink all year long.

This drink might be virtually unknown stateside, but it has some sturdy roots in Europe. Rumor has it, the Hugo was dreamed up by a bartender in South Tyrol, a region in northern Italy, who was looking for an alternative to the spritz. (I would say mission accomplished.) 

The Hugo wasn’t invented until 2005, but it’s already become a hit in countries like Austria, Germany, and Hungary. In fact, when I was travelling in Europe a month ago, the Hugo was almost as common as an Aperol Spritz. 

If you’re a big Aperol Spritz fan, I know what you’re thinking. “Who is this hater convincing me to try a new beverage? It can never beat my precious Aperol.” Make no mistake, an Aperol Spritz and Hugo have very different tastes. However, if you want to add another light, refreshing, and unapologetically Insta-worthy drink to your cocktail repertoire, I couldn’t recommend this drink enough. Oh, and did I mention it’s ridiculously easy to make? Cheers! 

Hugo Recipe via Salt & Wind


  • 4 ounces chilled Prosecco
  • splash St. Germain liqueur
  • splash Chilled club soda or seltzer water
  • 1 slice orange
  • Sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • lemon peel
  • ice cubes


  1. Fill a wine glass with ice
  2. Add Prosecco first, then St-Germain, then soda
  3. Garnish with the rosemary, mint, orange, and lemon
  4. Serve

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