Is flavor subjective? If so, can we even discuss flavor? Do tasting notes add any value to the conversation? And, how important is a shared language in order to train our perception of taste ? Fred Blans’ quest for answers… and a cure to WFS.
- Base Spirit Brandy
- Preparation Stirred
- Flavor Mint!
- Served On the Rocks
The Stinger is a classic martini variation enjoying a cult resurgence amongst drinks diehards since the Cocktail Renaissance. The classic specs provide for a delicious duet of brandy and creme de menthe perfect for a soporific or a cold day.
However, the folks at James Beard Award winner Cure (New Orleans) took the standard and turned it on its head. Their modern take reimagines the Stinger as a refreshing spring drink served in a wine glass on rocks. For good measure, an Herbsaint rinse binds it all together.
- Rinse a wine glass with three sprays of Herbsaint.
- Add brandy and creme de menthe to a mixing glass with ice. Stir.
- Strain into wine glass. Add three cubes (Kold Draft preferred) ice to glass.
- Express lemon and discard.