This cocktail is a mildly popular variant of the ever-famous Stinger, one of the most well-known drinks not only around the world, but also in news media, television and film. The Stinger was invented in 1890, and through the years, it rose to fame as a high-society, posh drink. The drink first became quickly popular in New York, however interestingly enough, it was not initially seen as a cocktail (as in, a drink to serve before dinner). Rather, it was served as a digestif (an after dinner drink). The primary alcohol by volume in the Vodka Stinger is Cognac, three parts of which are mixed with one part Crème De Menthe.
The Vodka variation arrived on the town quite a long time after the original Stinger was created, along with a Mexican Stinger, an Amaretto Stinger, and even an Irish Stinger, named after the name or origin of the primary liqueur incorporated.
Like its original counterpart, this one is also a duo cocktail, meaning that it only uses two ingredients, a spirit and a liqueur. In this case, of course, the Cognac is replaced with Vodka as the primary alcohol. This vodka-based version of the Stinger does have a minty sting, and mixed in with the sharp, cutting taste of the Vodka, the sting only becomes more potent. The end result is a creamy white cocktail that looks extremely classy and has a minty aroma. The Vodka Stinger was the drink of choice for Joanne in the play “Company” by Stephen Sondheim, with her calling for one in the song "The Ladies Who Lunch".
Here is a recipe for this well-known cocktail.
- 45 ml Vodka
- 30 ml White Crème de Menthe
- Add cracked ice to a cocktail shaker
- Add both alcohols and shake vigorously till outside of shaker is frosted
- Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.
- Cocktail shaker
- Cracked ice
- Martini glass