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The Stinger

Ingredients

2 ¼ Cognac

¾ Crème De Menthe

Cubed Ice

Glassware and Tools

Coupe Glass

Jigger

Boston Shaker Tin

Mixing Glass


Instructions

1. Using the jigger pour the following into the mixing glass:

- 3/4 oz. of Crème De Menthe
- 2 ¼ oz. of Cognac

2. Fill your mixing glass with cubed ice and place your Boston Shaker tin on top and give the end a firm tap (Don’t forget to test if it is sealed).

3. Shake for 10-15 seconds, allowing the mixture to go from one end to the other of the shaker. Shaking should be fairly vigorous.

4. Apply a firm tap to the tin at a point where the glass and tin have a small bit of separation and using the strainer strain contents into your coupe glass.

5. Enjoy!


History

We sometimes get eye rolls when we order Stingers at bars, as if we had ordered a Grasshopper, or perhaps some laudanum. Most people don't know what it is, but are pretty sure it's a very sweet drink, served largely at nursing homes. We're here to acquit the Stinger of all such cultural baggage, and as such, this is presented as a list, a la Buzzfeed: Three Things You Need To Know About the Stinger (You won't believe #2!):

(1) It's not an old person drink. Stingers are, true, disproportionately favored by the elderly, which is for the simple reason that as trends go, it was fantastically popular from the 1920s-1950s. Stingers were Reginald Vanderbilt's favorite drink, and he would drink them every day in the early 20s, prohibition be damned. But it's not perfume, or a decorative hat: Cary Grant was drinking them in 1947. James Bond was drinking them in 1956. This has ever been a classy drink for classy people, men or women, initially an after dinner cocktail that was good enough to get promoted to an anytime cocktail.

(2) It's neither weak nor too-sweet. It of course can be those things, but not when it's made right. There is no juice in this drink. There is, in fact, nothing that isn't alcoholic. To compound that, it has 2 ¼ oz of 80 proof liquor (your average simple mixed drink, at a bar, will be 1 ¼ oz or 1 ½ oz). This drink comes with some power. A "stinger" was a colloquial term (for a quick shot to the head, usually by way of someone's left fist), but alcohol could ring you up just as well if it's made correctly.

3) It's actually very good. But don't take our word for it. Mix one up. We'd love to hear what you think.