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Stinger
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.45 / 5
The Stinger cocktail originated in the United States during the 19th century and was popularized by high society drinkers as an after-dinner drink. This classic cocktail is made with two ... more The Stinger cocktail originated in the United States during the 19th century and was popularized by high society drinkers as an after-dinner drink. This classic cocktail is made with two simple ingredients: cognac and creme de menthe. The strong and smooth cognac brings a rich and complex flavor to the drink, while the sweet and refreshing creme de menthe adds a minty finish. The Stinger is traditionally served in a chilled glass and is known for its potent yet refreshing flavor profile. It is a perfect choice for those who enjoy a simple and sophisticated cocktail.
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(1890)
Base ingredient
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Cognac
Garnish
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Mint
Alcohol content
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32.86% | 2.3 units *
Details
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Classic
Stirred

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Stinger is a fascinating mix of elegance and refreshment, straddling the line between an after-dinner drink and a lively palate cleanser. The robust depth of the cognac beautifully contrasts with the zesty snap of crème de menthe, creating a sophisticated, albeit niche, flavor profile that intrigues with each sip.

Method
How to make a Stinger

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add both ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir well
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a mint leaf and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Stinger cocktail?

The Stinger cocktail has a history that dates back to the early 1900s. It is believed to have originated in the United States as a fashionable after-dinner drink among the high society. Its popularity peaked in the mid-20th century, often associated with the post-dinner conversation and leisure of the affluent. The combination of cognac and creme de menthe was thought to be an effective palate cleanser and digestif.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make a Stinger cocktail with a different type of alcohol other than Cognac?

While the classic Stinger is made with Cognac, it is possible to substitute it with a different type of brandy or even bourbon for a variation on the original recipe. However, substituting the base spirit will alter the traditional flavor profile, so it's not a true Stinger but can be an enjoyable variation.

FAQ

Is the Stinger cocktail suitable for those who prefer sweeter drinks?

Yes, the Stinger cocktail may appeal to those who enjoy sweeter drinks, as the creme de menthe adds a sweet, minty flavor that balances the strong taste of Cognac. However, it's not overly sweet, so it can also be appreciated by those who prefer a more balanced cocktail.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the best occasion to serve a Stinger cocktail?

The Stinger is traditionally considered an after-dinner drink, making it a perfect choice for serving at the end of a meal or at evening social gatherings. Its digestive properties and refreshing minty taste make it ideal for concluding a dining experience or for a sophisticated nightcap.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How should I garnish a Stinger cocktail?

The Stinger cocktail is traditionally served without garnish to maintain its simple elegance. However, for a touch of extra flair, you can add a mint leaf or a lemon twist on the rim of the glass. Keep in mind that garnishes should not overpower the clean and crisp taste of the cocktail.

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