How to Make a Stinger Cocktail

How to Make a Stinger Cocktail

Known as one of the best after-dinner cocktails, the Stinger is shaken and served on the rocks. Apart from the classic recipe, this Tastessence post will show you how to make a stinger cocktail with different kinds of liquor.
Tastessence Staff
Two is not  lonelier than one.
As the alcoholic beverage is harmoniously concocted with a spirit and liqueur, it is one of several delicious duo cocktails served and enjoyed by the masses.

Some say the origin of this cocktail is unclear, it was mentioned in Tom Bullock's Ideal Bartender recipe book in 1917, and that it was millionaire Reginald Vanderbilt's preferred drink. All we know, it's called the Stinger.
Well, we couldn't help but make a Top Gear-style reference here about this wonderfully-crafted drink. So, please excuse us for that. But all jokes apart, the cocktail was one of the most beloved cocktails for decades that has lost its charm over the years. Which is why, we think it's time to bring back the Stinger to its original glory. Along with the classic recipe, we would like to present a few variations to this lovely cocktail that can be enjoyed after dinner. Even though mint-flavored cocktails are often off-putting for some people, do give this cocktail a try as it brings together a happy union of cognac and white crème de menthe.
The Classic Recipe
Once prepared, this smooth, mint-flavored cocktail gives a soothing effect. With only 2 key ingredients, you can make the drink depending on your taste preference by altering their exact quantities.
THE STINGER
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Ingredients
  • Cognac, 2 oz.
  • White crème de menthe, 1 oz.
  • Ice cubes
Directions
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and pour both the ingredients in.
  • Shake the mixture lightly.
  • Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes and strain the drink on top.
  • Serve it immediately.

Popular Variations
After you've tried the classic, you can experiment with a few variations as well. The simplest way of doing so is by substituting cognac with other liquors. Here, we have provided 2 versions of the classic for you to prepare and enjoy.
VODKA STINGER
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Ingredients
  • Absolut vodka, 1 oz.
  • White crème de menthe, 1 oz.
  • Ice cubes
Directions
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and pour both the ingredients in.
  • Shake the mixture lightly.
  • Strain the drink into a chilled martini glass.
  • Serve it immediately.
DIXIE STINGER
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Ingredients
  • Peach liqueur, ½ tsp.
  • Bourbon whiskey, 3 oz.
  • White crème de menthe, ½ oz.
  • Ice cubes
Directions
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and pour all three ingredients in.
  • Shake the mixture lightly.
  • Strain the drink into a chilled martini glass.
  • Serve it immediately.
Similar to the vodka and bourbon whiskey versions, you can include other kinds of liquor like rum , tequila , liqueurs , and other flavored spirits. But that's not it. You can substitute white crème de menthe with the green version to obtain a colorful cocktail. As both varieties have a similar flavor, it won't make a difference as to how the cocktails taste.
Whether you fancy the classic or either of the variations, this cocktail is sure to please your senses. Prepare one (or two) to help settle your stomach after you've enjoyed a lovely dinner.