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The Stinger Cocktail Drink Recipe Cary Grant Would Approve Of

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“Stingers… and keep them coming!” This was one of many demands for a cocktail made by Cary Grant’s fighter pilot character in the 1957 comedy Kiss Them for Me. The stinger was popular in the ’50s and ’60s, and also appeared in the Frank Sinatra/Grace Kelly film High Society, Ian Fleming’s James Bond spy novels and an episode of the midcentury-inspired TV show Mad Men. It’s portrayed as a swanky drink enjoyed by cool people. (By the way, this is how James Bond should be ordering his martinis.)

But, What Is a Stinger?

The classic stinger cocktail drink recipe is made with only two ingredients: cognac (or brandy) and creme de menthe. It was created in the late 19th century and became the drink of the wealthy society. Its popularity grew over the next several decades lasting through Prohibition into the 1960s. The stinger was originally enjoyed only as a digestif, or after-dinner drink, but it gradually became acceptable to enjoy this cocktail anytime. The drink declined in popularity through the latter half of the 20th century and has not enjoyed the same resurgence as other vintage drinks like the Moscow mule, gimlet and these other classic cocktails …read more

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