Sunday, July 26, 2009
We tried a new cocktail last night - The Stinger. There is not a lot of background on this cocktail, but it is written about as early as 1917. It was made famous in the Cary Grant/Jayne Mansfield 1957 movie "Kiss Them for Me", in the Jack Lemmon 1960 film "The Apartment" (which I really liked!), and the 1970 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical, "Company".
I didn't care for this strong cocktail, but David did - at first. After awhile it had quite an after-taste and he ended up not finishing it. I think the taste was caused by the creme-de-menthe, because he has really enjoyed other brandy-based cocktails like the Sidecar.
Creme-de-menthe is mint-flavored extract made from Corsican mint, found in Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, and Sicily.
David's Swizzle Stick Ratings
Stinger - 3 Swizzle Sticks
The Stinger - 1.5 oz Brandy, 1.5 oz clear (white) creme-de-menthe. Add ingredients to crushed ice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled Martini cocktail glass.
When using green creme-de-menthe, the cocktail is called a Green Hornet.