Homemade Sparkling Elderflower Cocktail (Hugo)

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Another favourite elderflower recipe – sort of the grown-up version of our elderflower lemonade – is a homemade sparkling elderflower cocktail, aka a Hugo. Along with Mojito it's my favourite cocktail, and it also tastes wonderful when made without alcohol. 

It's a wonderful drink for hot afternoons in the garden and balmy summer nights on the patio!


Preparation time: 3 mins
Main ingredients: elderflower syrup, Prosecco, mint, lime
difficulty level: easy
makes: 2-3 cocktails
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, low-fat


200 ml elderflower cordial (depending on how sweet you like it)
400 ml Prosecco or any sparkling wine
200 ml sparkling water
handful of fresh mint leaves
1/2 a lime, sliced
about 6 ice cubes


To a pitcher or large glass jar add the Prosecco, elderflower syrup, lime slices and mint leaves. That way you can divide the drink between the individual glasses more easily.
Depending on how sweet you like your cocktail (or how sweet your syrup is), you can add some sparkling water to dilute the mixture to your liking.
Divide ice cubes between two glasses.
Pour in the Hugo mixture. 
Take a few mint leaves, and clap them between your hands for a few times to set free the flavour. 
Place the mint leaves into each glass. 
You can also add some lime juice if you like.
Serve immediately, garnished with lime rounds and mint sprigs.

- Instead of Prosecco or sparkling wine, you can also use white wine.
- To make this non-alcoholic, use ginger ale instead of Prosecco or wine.
- If needed, use reusable straws! They are great alternatives to plastic, such as glass, stainless steel or bamboo.