My favourite drink in Germany is surprisingly not beer, but a Hugo Cocktail.
Don’t get me wrong, I like German beer, but the problem is I can’t drink most of it since I have celiac disease (a gluten allergy). Don’t feel too sorry for me though, because I’m quite happy with my new favorite drink – a Hugo cocktail. I had never heard of a Hugo cocktail until I moved to Germany, but now I’m addicted (well not literally).
A Hugo cocktail is not a German drink. It comes from the South Tyrol region in northern Italy.
You can’t blame the Germans for wanting to take credit for it though! You will find it in many cafes and bars in southern Germany, Austria and South Tyrol, especially in summer!
According to Mixology magazine, The Hugo was created in 2005 in the Italian town of Naturno by bartender Roland Gruber. It was invented as an alternative to spritz and spread like wildfire through South Tyrol and into Austria and Germany.
A Hugo is made from Prosecco and accessorized with fresh peppermint making it similar to a Mojito. What gives it a distinct, yet refreshing flavour is elderflower syrup.
I can’t think of any drink as refreshing as a Hugo!
If you’re traveling in southern Germany, Austria or northern Italy this summer, I highly recommend trying it. Its mild taste is a crowd pleaser for almost everyone who tries it! In fact, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like the taste.
It’s not like Trollinger, a wine produced from the Württemberg region in SW Germany. Let’s just say that’s an acquired taste. One that most people outside of the region don’t acquire.
Alternatively, you can also make a Hugo at home and serve to guests. They’re incredibly simple to make, and you can whip one up in a matter of seconds.
You can also use alcohol-free Prosecco if you or your guests don’t drink.
Note, if you order it in a restaurant or cafe, it will contain alcohol.
I’d love to hear what you thought of a Hugo.
Let me know in the comments below.