Cocktail Moment: The Stinger


For tonight’s Cocktail Moment ahead of the Kentucky Derby, rather than showing you how to make a Mint Julep, which is an acquired taste, Rachel showed how to acquire the taste. This is how you train yourself to like the taste of a mint julep, if you don’t already.

It’s one of the great Old Man drinks of all time: The Stinger.


  • 2 1/4 oz. Cognac or Brandy
  • 3/4 oz. ounce creme de menthe (get a good brand – and get the clear one, not the green one).

That’s it.

And then you have to shake the living daylights out of it. The key is to make it absolutely frigid. That’s why you shake it with ice and then you pour it over ice.