The Stinger is a simple cocktail that everyone should try at least once. It's easy to mix up and the delicate combination of brandy and mint is one that will delight your senses.
This is one of those easy two-ingredient drink recipes that takes less than a minute to make. All you need is your favorite bottle of brandy and a little crème de menthe. Pour it over ice, stir, and a fantastic drink awaits.
Serve It Your Way
Simple drinks like this can be served a few different ways. Pouring it over crushed ice is the traditional way, but you can use ice cubes of any size. For the slowest dilution and fullest flavor throughout the drink, consider an ice ball.
If you prefer a cocktail that's a little fancier looking or prefer to get the dilution over and done with, serve the Stinger as an 'up' drink.
White Crème de Menthe Is Best
Crème de menthe is not a creamy liqueur. The word crème in the bar is used to describe a liqueur that has more sugar than normal. It's sweet, but definitely not a cream.
When looking for a crème de menthe, you will come across two options: white and green. While the green liqueur is fun for creating cocktails like the popular Grasshopper, it's not the best choice for the Brandy Stinger.
White crème de menthe is actually clear in color, so the drink looks like brandy on the rocks. If you were to use green crème de menthe, your drink will be a sort of muddy green color. That's not necessarily bad and does not change the taste of the drink, it just doesn't have the same visual appeal as it would with the white liqueur.
That said, if all you have is green crème de menthe, go ahead and pour it.
How Strong Is the Stinger?
The majority of crème de menthe liqueurs are 25 percent ABV (50 proof). Pair that with an 80-proof brandy and your Stinger will have an alcohol content somewhere around 29 percent ABV (58 proof). That puts this cocktail into the "smooth yet strong" category, meaning it is filled with flavor and won't go unnoticed.
More Ways to Mix Brandy and Mint
Brandy and mint do not make a regular appearance together, but when they do the result is fascinating. If you're in the mood to explore this flavor combination a little further, there are a couple of other drinks to try.
The Devil Cocktail takes the Stinger to another level. It relies on one additional ingredient that makes a world of difference. The key here is a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. It's a fascinating contrast and one you just have to taste for yourself.
When you're in the mood for a shot, give the Snowball a try. This tasty little party shooter brings crème de cacao into the mix, rounding off the sweet, boozy experience quite nicely. If you really enjoy this combination, feel free to savor it by serving it as a sipper just like the Stinger.