20 November 2012

Hugo Cocktail and South Tyrol, Italy


A fragrant and refreshing cocktail in hand, relaxing and enjoying what is to come.  That is how I discovered this really delicious drink from Trentino-Alto Adige (South Tyrol/Südtirol) or better known as the part of Italy where the Dolomite Mountains are.  There were a lot of reasons to give each other a toast  for celebratory moments.  My husband and I celebrated another year together and for a milestone that Apron and Sneakers reached in Facebook.  One thousand likes and the counter is still turning.  Thank you my friends!


I have been blogging for almost two years and I have posted 379 recipes, this being the 380th.  I have come to terms with the rush a food blogger has to live with after cooking a dish.  I have learned to cook one portion more to take photos of when time is not so constricted between putting warm food on the table and feeding my family.  But I have also learned to run in and out of the kitchen and take pictures as fast as I could before the food is proclaimed inedible.  Five minutes tops?  That means no time for so much imagination in the creativity department.  But sometimes, simplicity works best.


Let me show you this very aromatic drink that originated from Trentino-Alto Adige (South Tyrol), combining two main ingredients of prosecco and elderflower syrup.  Aided with the aroma and delicate flavor of lemon (or lime which is more aromatic!) and some fresh mint leaves, you will definitely ask yourself where had this drink been before you discovered it?  I asked myself the same question.  I indulged myself with its flowery aroma and flavor.  


Hugo, a name chosen at random, was first mixed in 2005 by Roland Gruber from Sanzeno Wine & Cocktail Bar in South Tyrol using prosecco, lemon syrup, a few mint leaves and a splash of soda.  It was an alternative to the then popular Aperol Spritz. 

Edelflower syrup or liqueur were more available than lemon syrup so it eventually evolved to their usage. 


Trentino-Alto Adige (Italian) or Südtirol (German) (South Tyrol) is our summer holiday destination every year and I have accumulated so many pictures of the Dolomites from a lot of angles and from different towns of Austria and Italy.  It's my husband's only choice of holiday place for the past 30+ summers and every year, I tell him and myself that we are going someplace new to explore.  I always lose.  It's 3 against 1 or rather 4 against 0.  I try but I also look forward for the beginning of summer when the Dolomite mountains call us back to their beautiful natural sculptured splendor.  It's nature at its very best.



Here are some pictures from the towns in the area, both in Austria and Italy.  Trentino-Alto Adige is an Italian region that uses two languages, Italian and German so all the towns have two names.  Italian towns are Bolzano/Bozen and Chiusa/Klausen while the Austrian towns are Sillian and Innsbruck.













 
Hugo Cocktail

Ingredients:
Serves 1 glass
  • 3/4 glass of cold prosecco or champagne
  • elderflower syrup (amount depends on your taste)
  • splash of soda water (sparkling mineral water will work well too)
  • lemon or lime, a light squeeze for the juice and a wedge to drop in
  • a few fresh mint leaves
  • 1 thin slice of apple (optional)
  • ice cubes
Directions:
  1. Mix prosecco, elderflower syrup, soda water  & a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.  
  2. Add a thin slice of apple, lemon or lime & some mint leaves. 
  3. Serve cold or with ice cubes.



15 comments:

  1. Such beautiful pictures of South Tyrol! I haven't tried Hugo yet but anything with elderflowers should be very good! Thank you for sharing! Dina

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    1. Thank you Dina! I you like elderflower syrup like I do, then this is a must-try.

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  2. Cheers to you, Rowena! This looks like a perfect cocktail for celebrating! South Tyrol is beautiful...I'm ready for my next trip to Italy, though I think I'd freeze there at this time of year!

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    1. You chose your destination well Laura. Indeed, this is one of my top 3 regions in Italy. Get those legs ready for hiking though!

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  3. Thank you for the glorious, wonderful photos: I so remember taking my two daughters, at quite a tender age, from Venice[which they adored and cried not to leave] to Salzburg - it did take a few hours in the car but little mouths were found open in amazement and, perhaps, going to this country called Austria, was not going to be so horrid after all :) ! Oh, awfully sorry - love champagne but always 'straight' :D !

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    1. You should have had a wonderful time going around Europe with your daughters. It's nice to travel with the kids but it's also a challenge to please them. :-) Love champagne plain too sometimes.

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  4. I love prosecco so I know that drink will be delicious. Adriano has relatives lving in the Dolomites and I love visiting there. The mountains are so spectacularly beautiful. Congratulations on reaching a milestone with Facebook and the almost two years of blogging. I know all about the rush to photograph before the food gets cold. It never gets easier.

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    1. Lucky, lucky you to have relatives there! It should be wonderful when to visit there and spend with relatives. There's nothing like enjoying a beautiful place with family around. I guess we and the rest of our families get used to cold food at times. Haha!

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  5. Beautiful photos and lovely prosecco cocktail! The only thing I can't get locally is the elderflower syrup. I have not seen it before, what does it taste like?

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  6. Thanks Tessa! Elderflower syrup has an aromatic and floral scent & flavor. Really good. You can try your local Ikea. It's one of their main products.

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  7. Hi Rowena, I live in South Tyrol and well, you're right - Hugo is fantastic!!!Next time you should come to Vipiteno, small town but beautiful...PS: make the ederflower syrup by your own...for 3 l of syrup - 1,5 l water, 1,5 kg sugar, 40 g citric acid,15 elderflowers - bring water and sugar to boil, put it away from the fire, add citric acid and elderflowers, leave for at least 24 hours, strain and bottle. Store it in the fridge. And a further suggestion - add some slices of ginger to your hugo, it's very delicious!

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I wish I can make my elderflower syrup on my own but I cannot find the flowers in Rome at all. Next time I go to South Tyrol, I will look for them. I stayed in Vipiteno last summer and actually LOVED the town so much! So, so beautiful! Thanks!

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  8. Hi, I've been looking for the recipe for this drink since my holiday this year, so thank you! We found the drink while cycling down the Rhein, it's really popular on the German side (around Frankfurt etc), so it must be catching on! Another drink I loved over in Germany (we're living in France but from England so have never seen this), was their technique of mixing mineral water with EVERYTHING, the best mixes being with apple juice or white wine (you just add the word schorle on the end, so apple and water would be Apfelschorle). It's very refreshing when it's super hot! Also, your photos of Alto Adige look amazing, I'm definitely inspired to visit, since I love both Germany and Italy.

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    1. The apfelschorle sounds refreshing. I think I will try that when I am on the German side. Thanks for letting me know! Do visit Alto Adige/Sud Tirol. It's so beautiful and very popular for cyclists!

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  9. Just had this in Serfaus, Austria - awesome and refreshing!

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