|Primary alcohol by volume|
|Served||Straight up; without ice|
|Standard drinkware||Cocktail glass|
|Commonly used ingredients||
|Preparation||Mix in a cocktail shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. May also be served on rocks in a rocks glass.|
The classic recipe is based on brandy and white crème de menthe, shaken and served in a cocktail glass. The origins of this drink are unclear, but it is mentioned in bartender's recipe books as far back as Tom Bullock's Ideal Bartender, published in 1917.
Mixing brandy with green crème de menthe, in place of white, yields a Green Hornet.
A "vodka stinger" uses vodka instead of brandy.
In popular culture
During the heyday of its popularity, the classic stinger was considered an ideal "nightcap" for a night out in New York. Dudley, the Angel, orders a round of Stingers while lunching with ladies from the church in The Bishop's Wife. In the 1956 film, High Society, Gordon Richards, in his role as Dexter-Haven's butler, makes stingers available at luncheon to those unfortunates who over-indulged in champagne in the previous evening's party as the proverbial "hair of the dog".
The 1957 film Kiss Them for Me features several scenes where the main characters enjoy Stinger cocktails. The Stinger also gets mentioned in various scenes during the 1960 film The Apartment. In the 1983 film, Gorky Park, detective Arkady Renko refers to the Stinger as a "whore's drink" and later in the film, orders a Stinger and says, "I am a whore."
Another chance to disapprove,
another brilliant zinger.
Another reason not to move,
another vodka stinger!—"The Ladies Who Lunch" lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
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