Stinger Drink Recipe

Stinger cocktail

The Stinger was once considered a cocktail strictly for members of high society. It's even rumored to have been a favorite of millionaire Reginald Vanderbilt and author Somerset Maugham. These days, the drink isn't quite so common as other popular cocktails, but since the International Bartenders Association lists it as one of their officially "unforgettable" cocktails, it's worth your while to give it, and a few of its variations, a try.

How to Make a Stinger Cocktail

The classic Stinger recipe calls for white créme de menthe. If you're not a fan of mint-flavored cocktails, don't let that scare you off. Combined with brandy or cognac, the drink is rather smooth and even a little soothing. Mixing a Stinger is fairly simple. Although you'll find slight differences in the exact measurements of the two key ingredients in various recipes, the following recipe is a good representation of this cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cognac or brandy, your preference
  • 1 ounce white créme de menthe

Preparation

  1. Combine the two ingredients in a shaker with some cracked ice.
  2. Shake briefly, and strain the contents into a chilled old fashioned glass. If you prefer your drink extra chilly, add some ice to the glass before you pour the drink into it.
  3. Alternatively, you can simply stir the ingredients with ice, and then strain them into an old-fashioned glass if prefer your cocktail stirred rather than shaken.

You can always tweak the ingredients in your Stinger to adjust the flavor to your taste, but there is one substitution you really shouldn't make. Don't use green créme de menthe in place of white in the classic recipe.

Popular Variations of the Stinger

The easiest way to change up a Stinger is to substitute a different kind of liquor for the cognac or brandy, such as using vodka for a vodka Stinger, rum for a rum Stinger, tequila for a tequila Stinger, and so on. There are also several other versions of the classic Stinger.

The Green Stinger, AKA Green Hornet

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 1 ounce green créme de menthe

Preparation

Simply combine the ingredients in an old fashioned glass, and stir.

The Bee Stinger

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces blackberry brandy
  • 1 ounce white créme de menthe

Preparation
Combine the brandy and créme de menthe in a shaker with ice, shake for a couple seconds, and strain the drink into a cocktail glass.

The Amaretto Stinger

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of Amaretto liqueur
  • 1 ounce white créme de menthe

Preparation
Combine the Amaretto and créme de menthe in a shaker with ice, shake briefly, and strain the cocktail into a cocktail glass.

The Dixie Stinger

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce white créme de menthe
  • 1/2 teaspoon peach liqueur

Preparation
Combine the whiskey, créme de menthe and peach liqueur in a shaker with ice, shake for a couple seconds, and strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass.

Choose Your Stinger

Between the classic Stinger and all the variations, there's a good chance one of these recipes will hit the spot with you. Enjoy one after dinner, or even drink one to let the mint help settle your stomach. This is one classic drink that every cocktail enthusiast should know how to make.

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Stinger Drink Recipe