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The Stinger’s history is pretty murky. However, we do know that the drink is over a century old. Accounts of American airmen flying missions out of France during World War I mention the cocktail as a favorite of the flyboys and Stephen Sondheim’s classic “The Ladies Who Lunch” offers a lyrical homage to the beverage.
What is certain is that the mix of mint and brandy in this simple two ingredient cocktail is damn near perfect.
The specs here call for a ratio slightly off the typical 2:1 and specifically employ cognac, but any type of brandy will do. Experimentation works well with this formula, but we do suggest that you don’t skimp on the creme de menthe; quality makes a difference when you’re highlighting, not masking tastes.
- Measure cognac and creme de menthe into a stirring glass and ice. Stir.
- Optionally, rinse a coupe or Nick and Nora glass with absinthe.
- Strain cocktail into glass and serve!