Hugo Cocktail Recipe and Silver Wedding Anniversary!

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

Hugo Cocktail and Silver Wedding Anniversary

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 Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins


  • 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.

Hugo Cocktail Recipe - the perfect celebration drink!

12 comments on “Hugo Cocktail Recipe and Silver Wedding Anniversary!”

  1. Oh Happy Milestone, how wonderful!! I love your story but this line especially… “changing as a result of inspiration (more than desperation).” What excellent advice.

    I know you are exemplifying a happy, healthy union to your beautiful kids. I wish you another 25 years together and many more after that!!

    (PS, what might you use in this yummy looking recipe, in lieu of white wine? Just sparkling white grape juice, or sprite?)

  2. Happy Anniversary!  You mean it hasn’t all been peaches and cream all 25 years??? :)  I can’t wait to see your new home… and celebrate with an Insight Hugo cocktail!

  3. Happy Anniversary to you and Paul Sandy! You are both a great example of the vows of marriage. I am so glad to hear about your new home! Exciting times!!

  4. Congratulations wishing you so many more years together. 

  5. P.S.  I’m going to try the Hugo Cocktail. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Congratulations to you and your husband on your 25th Anniversary, Sandy.  I appreciate your words of wisdom and those from Shauna Niequest.  Date nights are important, too, even after 43 years of marriage for my husband and I. The difference in years being that after this many it’s hard to get up off the couch or in from gardening (which I love to do) as opposed to slowing down from the busyness you and your  husband have at this stage in your lives.  Good you have down-sized for the very reason that you are still so busy.  Your “new” house is beautiful and look forward to seeing the  updates.  God’s Blessngs to you both in the next 25 years…one day at a time! 

  7. Happy Anniversary! Today is our 25th wedding anniversary as well. Marriage is a roller coaster ride for sure. This morning we exchanged cards and we both wrote the same sentiment in our cards (which is a first!). We both said we were looking forward to the next 25 years together and what they would bring. I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in January which has brought us closer than ever and renewed our commitment to each other. Silver linings!

  8. Congratulations!  So refreshing to see a happy,  committed and connected couple reach this milestone.  And cheers to many more years ahead!

  9. I’m forwarding this on to my husband to read! After 36 years together we’re in a season of growth and reconnection after a grueling one. Intentional date nights have definitely helped the process. Love and Cheers to you both on your 25th!!

  10. Happy Anniversary to you both!!! What a lovely post – marriage is such a blessing yet it takes work. The grass is always green where you water it!!! Here’s to many more years of watering your marriage!!! 

  11. Happy Anniversary Sandy!❤️

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