I’ve arrived in Berlin… and so has the elderflower-syrup-filled Hugo cocktail! As I observed in my earlier post on foraged elderflower syrup, this bubbly summer treat has been working its way up through Europe from its birthplace in Italy.
Last sighted by The Wednesday Chef in Kassel (in southwestern Germany), the drink has now reached Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, where this specials board advertises it as the drink of the day at An einem Sonntag im August, a charming cafe on Kastanienallee. The fact that it also gives the exact recipe suggests that Hugo is new to town… and tells us all we need to make our own.
Italian Hugo, in English
2 cl (slightly less than 1/2 a shot) elderflower syrup
10 cl (half a wineglass) sparkling wine
Splash of soda
Sprig of mint
Build in a glass. Some ice cubes might be good, too. In the springtime, you can also make your own elderflower syrup.
Where you live and how did you hear about Hugo? Help me track the spread of Hugo around the world by answering in the comments. Thanks!
Cheers! Too bad Berlin’s weather is more mulled cider than Hugo already, and the elder trees are far past flowering time – the berries are about ready to pick! Maybe we need to invent an elderberry juice cocktail? I could imagine a sort of Kir Nord, adding white wine to a shot of elderberry juice instead of cassis.
Anyway, the seasons are turning here. Look for urban plants in fall colors soon… But not before a few more vacation plant photos that I’ve yet to post!
[update 1 Oct 2011] Just found out that the Hugo has an Italian reputation, but most likely originated in Münich or Zürich. Seems to be spreading like wildfire, as this recipe is getting lots of hits from folks Googling “hugo cocktail recipe.” If you’re one of them, cheers!
[update 18 Nov 2011] I did actually try making my “Kir Nord” when I had some elderberry juice and leftover sparkling wine on hand. It was pretty good! On a related elderflower note, the German organic foods brand Andechser is currently offering an elderflower yogurt! It’s pretty good, but it really doesn’t seem like the right season for it.