What, brandy and creme de menthe? Really?
Yup, these unlikely companions are the ingredients in a Stinger, a classic cocktail that dates to the early twentieth century but was particularly popular during the 1940s and 1950s.
This cocktail is rated Funky: Requires a few tools beyond a bottle of booze and some soda or juice
To make a Stinger, you’ll need brandy and white creme de menthe (substitute green creme de menthe, and you’ve got a Green Hornet, which tastes identical). I also recommend a cocktail shaker, bar spoon, and jigger.
Use your favorite brandy, or use cognac if you’re feeling fancy. I’m not a brandy connoisseur, so if anyone has any recommendations for me, please leave me a comment! You can get nicer creme de menthe than I’m using here (this one is my favorite, which I don’t have in the house right now), but a cheap one is fine.
The proportions for this cocktail are 2 parts brandy to 1 part creme de menthe. Use your jigger to measure 2 oz of brandy and 1 oz creme de menthe into your cocktail shaker. Don’t have a cocktail shaker? You can use a pint glass.
Add ice and stir for about 30 seconds.
Strain into a glass. I like to use a small Old Fashioned glass and add a few ice cubes. Some recipes recommend serving a Stinger straight up (meaning with no ice) in a cocktail (martini) glass. Do whatever you feel.
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For more information on the Stinger and cocktails like it, check out one of my favorite cocktail books, Old Man Drinks, which states that “people last drank [Stingers] during the Truman administration.”