Mel’s Diner

Sharp Knives, Raw Meat and Fire


This is kind of an out-of-the-ordinary post Mel’s Diner – a cocktail.  I’m not opposed to cocktails at all – in fact, I may be too unopposed (posed?) to them.

This is an old fashioned cocktail that gets no respect at all.  Today, if you mention Stinger, you get blank looks and vacant stares from the “in” crowd, telling me they aren’t as ‘in’ as they pretend to be.  True, it is an old drink; mentions of the Stinger have appeared as early as 1917, but that doesn’t mean it should be forgotten.  Cary Grant never forgot them, the Stinger appeared in two of his movies, Kiss Them For Me and The Bishops Wife.


  • 2 ounces of Brandy (Don’t waste the really good stuff here, but do use rot-gut, either)
  • 1 ounce of White Crème de Menthe (Don’t use Green, it will look like mud)

Fill a rocks glass with ice and add brandy then crème de menthe.


Some recipes call for the cocktail to be served straight up, but I’m against it.  The Stinger should be as cold as possible, so it should always be served over ice.


July 4, 2008 Posted by | Cocktails, Recipe | 1 Comment