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Hugo – the perfect summer drink!

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!!

Burgeis sits at an altitude of 1216m in South Tyrol beneath the mountain Watles on the upper reaches of the Alto Adige. The village has about 800 inhabitans and it's origins trace back to 1320.

Burgeis sits at an altitude of 1216m in South Tyrol beneath the mountain Watles on the upper reaches of the Alto Adige. The village has about 800 inhabitans and it’s origins trace back to 1320.

makes 2 drinks

The fountain in the village square is fed by a mountain spring and the refreshing water is enjoyed by people and cows (coming down from the meadows) alike.

The fountain in the village square is fed by a mountain spring and the refreshing water is enjoyed by people and cows (coming down from the meadows) alike.

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

ice cubes

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.

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