How to Make a Classic Stinger on The Salonniere

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for…National Crème de Menthe Day, which means it’s time to talk Stingers. A Stinger is minty giggle water made by mixing crème de menthe, usually white, with a spirit. The classic combination is crème de menthe and cognac, but stingers may also be made with vodka. The perfect glammy nightcap, Stingers have a long history in Old Hollywood and high society. Word has it that the classic digestif was popularized in the 20s by Reginald Vanderbilt, whom you know as Gloria’s dad and Anderson Cooper’s grandpa. Said Reggie about his beloved cocktail – “It’s a short drink with a long reach, a subtle blending of ardent nectars, a boon to friendship, and a dispeller of care.”  We’ll drink to that, doll.

Stinger Ingredients

2 ounces cognac
1 ounce white crème de menthe

Stinger Preparation

Pour the cognac and crème de menthe into a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake and strain the drink into an Old Fashioned glass filled with crushed or small cubes of ice.


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