Enjoy the classic Hugo Cocktail Recipe, Insight Vacations’ refreshing summertime drink, made with elderberry syrup and Prosecco!

Hugo Cocktail and Silver Wedding Anniversary

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Friends, my husband and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage today! Our once-young love is now … well, seasoned love.

I so remember, on a very hot day in southern Oregon, saying these words: I will.

Hugo Cocktail and Silver Wedding Anniversary

Years of experiences—our courtship, wedding day, and children’s births, the loss of 3 parents, several moves and career paths, friends who’ve come and gone, friends who’ll stay forever—our experiences have been both amazing and grueling, and truly life-changing. We have both grown so much through it all, we hardly recognize ourselves!

Hugo Cocktail and Silver Wedding Anniversary

There’s the sheer joy and love you feel when everything is right, with no tension and no misunderstanding and no disappointment. But then reality sets in— sacrifice and forgiveness and dying to self, feelings that come and go, a gnawing sense that it maybe is supposed to be better than this.


Marriage is a roller coaster. There are the highs and the lows. But it all comes down to commitment, love, and respect.

Hugo Cocktail and Silver Wedding Anniversary

Our children have watched us the closest–every day a commitment to each other and to our marriage. Some days have been easy and some days have been gruelingly hard. Some days we’ve been “over the moon” in love, and then some days are rather boring. But we made a commitment 25 years ago, and we’ve fallen in love more and more, a little at a time, a few steps forward, a few steps back. We’ve made a commitment to each other, to our family, friends, and our children, to our future family and to God.

Being in our new mountain home, on this day, June 8th, 2016, we are committed to the future, with every day a gift. A new season for us, we’ve always said that we could live anywhere together and be happy. Because we are friends and lovers.

Hugo Cocktail and Silver Wedding Anniversary

I will

Even though our current home is a work in progress, having things perfect on the outside won’t get you anywhere, but striving for “perfection” when it comes to building a strong relationship–—will.

I will.

I will be committed to listening, changing as a result of inspiration (more than desperation), making memories, sweet times together, regular date nights (yes, even after 25 years together), and connecting regularly.

Shauna Niequest says it well about regular date nights … What puts us back together is intention, connected time together. Making that time and pushing ourselves out of the house even when we’re tired is so good for us, because it reminds us that we’re living a love story, not running a small business together.

Happy 25th Anniversary to us! Now it’s time to celebrate!

Hugo Cocktail and Silver Wedding Anniversary

Hugo Cocktail Recipe

On my recent trip to Italy, every time we rolled into a new town, we enjoyed a glass of Prosecco, a sparkling white wine from the Veneto region of northeastern Italy.

We also enjoyed several times the classic Hugo Cocktail, Insight Vacations’ refreshing, summertime drink, made with elderberry syrup and Prosecco.

This time, with fresh mint from our backyard in Medford, and a slice of lime, won’t you celebrate with us our 25th SILVER wedding anniversary?


Hugo Cocktail and Silver Wedding Anniversary

Hugo Cocktail Recipe - the perfect celebration drink!
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Hugo Cocktail Recipe

Refreshing celebration drink made with Prosecco (or champagne).
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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  • Ice cubes
  • 200 ml Prosecco, or champagne
  • 100 ml sparkling water
  • 1-2 teaspoons elderflower syrup
  • 1-2 mint leaves
  • 1-2 slices of lime


  • Crush or muddle 4 mint leaves into a large wine glass.
  • Add a small amount of elderflower syrup (about 1-2 teaspoons).
  • Add the lime juice, Prosecco and mineral water. Stir well.
  • Add more mint leaves and lime slices, and ice as desired.
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Hugo Cocktail Recipe - the perfect celebration drink!