Brandy, White Crème De Menthe

Dating back to at least 1917, the Stinger is a classic cocktail known as a "duo," i.e., a drink made with only two ingredients: a spirit and a liqueur. It became famous in the 20th century for its references in literature, film, radio plays, and even James Bond novels. It's a fantastic combination of brandy and white crème de menthe, and it certainly looks pretty suave in an Old-Fashioned glass, especially as a nightcap.

The Stinger cocktail is known for its simplicity, and you can whip it up in seconds. We wouldn't necessarily recommend using a top-shelf brandy, as the créme de menthe will probably cover up its subtleties, but there's a lot of affordable cognac out there that can do the trick. Or, if you're bored with the classic Stinger recipe, you can try using eaux-de-vie of all kinds (like apple or pear brandy) and see what works!

Stinger Ingredients

2 oz Brandy
0.5 oz White Creme de Menthe
Lemon twist (optional)

How to make a Stinger

  1. Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice until chilled.
  2. Strain into an Old-Fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist (optional) and serve.