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More than 100 years old, this stinger recipe is a classic nightcap. It was popularised by many films and writers, who evidently found this drink the epitome of high society.

As with many brandy or cognac-based cocktails, the stinger was originally available only to those who had the means to afford these spirits, which made it an upper-class drink. It is very simple to make, though, so it was ideal for those nursing hangovers, and the mint allegedly disguised the smell of alcohol on your breath (it really doesn't). It was mentioned in the films Kiss Them For Me, The Apartment and Love Among the Ruins, all produced between 1955 and 1975, and it was also mentioned in a Bond novel by Ian Fleming.



  • Cocktail glass
  • 1 double shot of H by Hine cognac
  • 1 single shot of white crème de menthe
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice

How to serve it

  • Pour the ingredients into the cocktail shaker
  • Shake and strain into the glass

Adding green crème de menthe makes it a green hornet, whereas a vodka stinger uses vodka instead of the cognac. Try using fresh mint instead, or you could add a dash of lime juice for a slightly citrusy lift.