Stinger cocktail

Stinger cocktail
The Stinger cocktail is a drink made from cognac mixed with the mint flavour of crème de menthe. Traditionally an after-dinner drink, the Stinger is sweet and refreshing.
The cocktail originated around the 1890s in the United States. The Stinger cocktail was especially popular during Prohibition as the strong mint of the crème de menthe could mask the poor taste of the generally low-quality cognac available at the time.
Crème de menthe is available as a colourless version or a green version. Both varieties have a similar flavour, the only difference is what cosmetic result you want. If you like the mint taste of this Stinger cocktail, we also have a recipe for a Grasshopper cocktail which also uses crème de menthe.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Old Fashioned glass


  • 60 ml cognac
  • 30 ml creme de menthe


  • Chill an Old fashioned glass, and fill with ice.
  • Pour in the ingredients and stir together well
  • Serve and enjoy!


What alcohol is in a stinger?

A Stinger cocktail’s alcohol comes from the cognac and the crème de menthe used in its creation.

What does a vodka stinger taste like?

A vodka version of the Stinger cocktail would have an even strong mint flavour – which some might love or hate!

Is Cognac a brandy?

Cognac, which is used in this Stinger recipe is a type of brandy specifically from the Cognac region of France.

Crème de Menthe is a peppermint-flavored liqueur, most easily identified due to its deep green color. It was developed by Emile Giffard in 1885 who was researching mint and its digestive properties.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.