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The Stinger cocktail is a classic and refreshing libation known for its simplicity and timeless appeal. Originating in the early 20th century, its exact origins are unclear, but it gained popularity in the mid-20th century as a favored after-dinner drink. The Stinger is distinguished by its combination of brandy and crème de menthe, resulting in a cool and minty flavor profile.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) brandy

  • 30 ml (1 oz) white crème de menthe

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Mixing spoon

  • Jigger

  • Chilled coupe or martini glass

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 60 ml (2 oz) of brandy into the mixing glass.

  3. Add 30 ml (1 oz) of white crème de menthe to the mixing glass.

  4. Stir the mixture gently with a mixing spoon for about 20-30 seconds to chill the ingredients.

  5. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

Flavor Profile:

The Stinger cocktail offers a smooth and refreshing flavor profile, with the warmth of brandy balanced by the coolness of crème de menthe. It's a simple yet sophisticated drink that's perfect for sipping on a warm evening or as a digestif after a hearty meal.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Brandy Selection: Choose a quality brandy with a smooth and mellow flavor profile for the best Stinger cocktail.

  • Crème de Menthe Ratio: The amount of crème de menthe used can vary depending on personal taste preferences. Start with the recommended ratio and adjust to taste.

  • Chilling Technique: Properly chilling the Stinger is essential for enhancing its refreshing qualities. Stir the cocktail with ice for just the right amount of chill without over-diluting the drink.

  • Glassware Choice: While the Stinger is traditionally served in a coupe or martini glass, feel free to get creative with your glassware selection. Experiment with different shapes and sizes to find the perfect vessel for your Stinger.

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