Boozy Refreshing Stinger Cocktail with Mint and Brandy
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The Stinger

The Stinger is a pre-Prohibition beverage is a simple mixture of white creme de menthe and cognac. Although it might seem like a strange pairing, the result is beyond delicious; a heady, tasty, and minty after-dinner drink that is the last word in sophistication.


Drink Origins

Although we don’t know exactly where this drink came from, we know that it’s over 100 years old, appearing in Jacques Straub’s book Drinks in 1914. It’s also appeared in Imbibe, another book celebrating classic alcoholic beverages. This drink also has some pretty aristocratic roots, being a favorite of Reginald Vanderbilt of the famous Vanderbilt family, according to historian David Wondrich.


Some people even think that Reginald Vanderbilt came up with the drink, and in 1923 an Ohio newspaper gave him credit, as he’d been serving up the delicious brew at dinner parties for over two decades. Did Reginald Vanderbilt dream up this tasty concoction? It seems relatively likely! Either way, the drink is tied to him and his highly influential family forever, which lends it a great air of sophistication and charm and certainly has contributed to its popularity.



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In Pop Culture

With such a solid endorsement from the influential Vanderbilt family, the drink’s popularity soared, and it became synonymous with elegance and the upper crust. In 1956, this infamous drink made its silver screen debut in High Society, with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Even the daring and dashing 007 took a break from his standard martinis and drank one in Diamonds Are Forever, a 1956 novel featuring James Bond. Although it’s fallen slightly out of favor in recent years, this drink remained very popular until the 1970s. It still retains its sense of class and elegance.


You can customize your drink to suit your tastes. If you like a drier version, simply add a touch less creme de menthe. This drink does best when it is shaken, not stirred. If you prefer to stir it, make sure that you do so vigorously, and then strain the remaining mixture into your favorite rocks glass. This drink tastes best when served over crushed ice and poured straight out of an ice-cold cocktail shaker. It is the last word in sophistication and simplicity.


Stinger Ingredients

  • 1-ounce premium creme de menthe
  • 2-ounces your favorite cognac 
  • A rocks glass with crushed ice



  1. Put the creme de menthe and cognac into a chilled shaker
  2. Either stir vigorously or shake the ingredients together to thoroughly mix
  3. Pour the liquid into your favorite rocks glass and serve it over crushed ice


If you want to elevate your hosting experience; and entertain just like a Vanderbilt, you should certainly try out this classic recipe. What’s more, you can customize it to your specific tastes simply by adding or omitting a little bit of creme de menthe. You can also make this drink in batches, and since it’s simple to prepare, you won’t be away from the party for very long at all.

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