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Stinger: A Powerful and Sophisticated After-Dinner Drink

Stinger: A Powerful and Sophisticated After-Dinner Drink
  April 30, 2024

Stinger: A Powerful and Sophisticated After-Dinner Drink

The Stinger is a classic after-dinner cocktail that packs a punch.  This simple recipe combines brandy or cognac with white crème de menthe, creating a delightful blend of rich brandy notes and a refreshing minty finish.

Ingredients:

2 ounces cognac or brandy (choose your favorite VSOP or XO)

1 ounce white crème de menthe

Garnish (optional):

Mint sprig

Instructions:

The Power of Choice: Select your preferred brandy or cognac.  VSOP or XO designations typically indicate higher quality and longer aging, resulting in a smoother and more complex flavor profile in your Stinger.

Chill and Combine: Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add the cognac or brandy and white crème de menthe.

Stir for Smoothness: Gently stir for about 30 seconds to combine and chill the drink. Stirring, rather than shaking, preserves the smooth texture of the Stinger and prevents the mint liqueur from curdling.

Sophisticated Strain: Strain the concoction into a chilled coupe glass.

A Touch of Mint (optional): Garnish with a sprig of mint for an extra touch of visual appeal and aroma.

Tips:

Mint to Your Preference: White crème de menthe offers a clear and refreshing mint flavor. For a more herbal taste, explore brands that offer a darker green-colored crème de menthe.

Strength Variations: This recipe is a classic 2:1 ratio of brandy to crème de menthe. Experiment with different ratios to find your perfect balance of minty freshness and brandy strength. Some prefer a drier Stinger with a touch less crème de menthe (1.5 ounces brandy to 1 ounce crème de menthe).

Non-alcoholic Twist: Want a minty mocktail? Combine equal parts muddled mint leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice. Top with club soda for a refreshing and fizzy drink.

A Delightful Digestif

The Stinger is a perfect after-dinner drink. The rich brandy or cognac aids digestion, while the refreshing mint liqueur provides a delightful and cooling finish to the meal. It's a simple yet sophisticated cocktail that's sure to impress your guests.

So grab your mixing glass, raise a glass to a powerful after-dinner drink, and enjoy the delightful experience of creating your own Stinger!