When my husband and I were in Italy pre-pandemic, we drank our way through the country one spritz at a time. We had one particularly magical evening in Rome where we did a “progressive evening” of a cocktail and a nosh at the best hotel rooftops we could find. On a whim, and what can only be explained as the dumb luck we had for the entire trip, we ended the evening at the Hotel Eden’s Michelin Star restaurant, La Terrazza. No reservations, no idea what to expect, just a recommendation from our Airbnb host. What we did have were stunning views of Rome from the roof top restaurant with windows that disappeared as the sun was setting. That was only improved upon by the sublime food and cocktails.
This spritz came to me and was all of the things in a glass. I had forgotten about that cocktail until I started reading the cook book and decided to recreate that summer-in-a-glass flavor. They called it a Hugo Spritz. I call it Nirvana. The splash of Honey Lavender Elixir softens the gin and brightens the Cynar. As always, we love to see what you are drinking! Happy summer, friends. Saluti!
3 oz Prosecco
1.5 oz Gin
1.5 oz Cynar
Splash Honey Lavender Elixir
Fresh mint and lemon wheel for garnish
Build in a large wine goblet with lots of ice.