We just returned from Burgeis – a small village in the Italian Alps. On our last night there was an impromptu concert in the village square. We sat on wooden benches and enjoyed local red and white wines and cocktails. Although very popular for years in Europe I had never tasted a “Hugo” – made from muddled mint leaves, fresh lime, elderflower sirup and prosecco – until that night. You must try this refreshing and unique summer drink!!
makes 2 drinks
150 ml (5 fluid ounces) Prosecco or Champagne, brut (I like Korbel brut)
1-2 tsp elderberry flower syrup
5 organic mint leaves, washed
1 organic lime, cut into wedges
a splash of mineral water, bubbly
Crush/muddle mint leaves in a wine glass.
Add a small amount of elderberry flower syrup, about 1-2 teaspoon (5 -10ml). Be careful not to add too much, otherwise you will end up with an overly sweet aperitif.
Add 2 wedges of lime (squeeze some juice first), champagne and mineral water. Stir well a cocktail spoon.
Add more mint leaves and serve cold with a straw.