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!
|2 oz Brandy|
|0.5 oz White Creme de Menthe|
|Lemon twist (optional)|
How to make a Stinger
- Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice until chilled.
- Strain into an Old-Fashioned glass over fresh ice.
- Garnish with a lemon twist (optional) and serve.