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Stinger cocktail
Stinger cocktail: the real original recipe from 1913 with Cognac and white crème de menthe.


For 1 person
6 cl brandy (Cognac)
2 cl white crème de menthe

How to make

👉 shaker / 🥃 martini / 🍸 short drink (8cl) / ⏱️ 3 mn
  1. Shake the Cognac and white crème de menthe with a few ice cubes.

  2. Strain into a martini glass.

  3. Add 1 lemon peel.


The Stinger is a classic cocktail composed of brandy (Cognac) and crème de menthe, it was published in 1913 in "Straub's Manual of Mixed Drinks" by Jacques Straub. The recipe as published in 1913 (see below) called for equal parts ingredients but everyone agrees that more brandy is needed than crème de menthe for a better balance.

stinger 1913 Straub's Manual of Mixed Drinks

Attributed to no one in particular, the Stinger was considered at that time to be the "night cap" of New York parties: it was the last cocktail you sipped before going to bed.

Traditionally made with Cognac and drunk as an after-dinner drink, the Stinger is sometimes also considered a "type" of cocktail in which white crème de menthe is associated with any spirit or brandy. With this in mind, a stinger would then be eaten at the end of the meal and paired with a chocolate dessert.

It is not uncommon to find Stingers made directly by the glass, with ice cubes or in old-fashioned glasses, everyone arranges this recipe as they wish, but the real original recipe is this one.

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