History of the Stinger Cocktail
The Stinger cocktail was popular throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as a high-society drink, especially in New York City. It was made especially vogue by millionaire Reginald Vanderbilt, according to David Wondrich’s cocktail cookbook Imbibe!, the millionaire Reginald Vanderbilt would spend three hours every day mixing Stingers for his guests during his home “cocktail hour.” The Stinger is also featured widely in film and literature—actor Cary Grant orders Stingers in films like Kiss Them for Me and The Bishop’s Wife, and even fictional spy James Bond drinks a Stinger in Ian Fleming’s Diamonds Are Forever.
Classic Stinger Recipe
Prep Time3 min
Total Time3 min
- 3 ounces brandy (traditionally cognac)
- 1 ounce white crème de menthe (avoid green crème de menthe—the color will turn muddy)
- Ice cubes
- Combine brandy, white crème de menthe, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or over ice in a rocks glass. Serve cold.
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