A Stinger is a drink made from combining a spirit with crème de menthe. The International Bartenders Association recognizes the mixture of cognac and white crème de menthe as the official “unforgettable” cocktail, but there are a number of other equally popular combinations.
A Vodka Stinger uses vodka in place of the brandy, while a Green Hornet is what you get from using green crème de menthe.
You can easily make your own crème de menthe and adjust the minty taste to suit your personal preference. Simply pound about a cup of fresh mint leaves to release the oils. Pour a bottle of vodka over the top and let it sit for 24 hours. When it’s done, carefully strain out all the leaves. Heat up a cup of water, a cup and a half of sugar, and a handful of mint leaves. Once the sugar is dissolved, let the mixture cool then strain and add it to your vodka. If you like, you can colour the drink green with a few drops of food colouring. Voila, crème de menthe.
Stingers have appeared in several Hollywood movies, including as an alternative drink of choice for James Bond when he’s taking a break from his Martini. They’re classy, distinctive, and refreshingly delicious.
Here’s the recipe for making a classic Stinger cocktail:
- 60ml Cognac
- 30ml White crème de menthe
- Add both ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously
- Strain into an Old Fashioned glass, either with or without ice
- Cocktail shaker
- Old Fashioned glass