Cocktail Of The Week – Cognac Stinger

Stinger is a delicious after dinner drink and very simple to make because it combines only two ingredients: cognac and crème de menthe.  Nobody knows who or when it was invented this cocktail but we know that it was first mentioned in a cocktail book in 1917 (Tom Bullock –  Ideal Bartender), and it was millionaire Reginald Vanderbilt’s preferred drink.

The Stinger is not famous because of its history since this is unknown, but it was featured in numerous TV productions. The original recipe contained equal parts of cognac and white crème de menthe (mint flavor supposedly to cover the disturbing spirits smell of one’s breath). There is no problem in using green crème de menthe because the taste of the cocktail won’t be altered. Unfortunately, not the same thing can be said about its appearance. Using green crème de menthe makes the drink less appealing in color.

Glass: Cocktail ⁄ Old Fashioned
Method: Shake&strain
Garnish: Mint spring

  • 2 1/4 ounces cognac
  • 3/4 ounce crème de menthe
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 sprig mint

Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.   Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, until the drink is cold.  Strain into a cocktail glass or into a old-fashioned glass that has been filled with crushed ice. Add mint garnish.


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