another brilliant zinger.
Another reason not to move;
another Vodka Stinger!
I’ll drink to that.
~ "The Ladies Who Lunch" from Company, Stephen Sondheim
Her undeniable talent, humor, and brass will be missed. To read more about Elaine Stritch's career, check out this piece from yesterday's The New York Times.
This drink is traditionally equal parts vodka and white crème de menthe. Other recipes call for a reduction in crème de menthe.
The Stinger's History:
The earliest mention is in Tom Bullock’s Ideal Bartender, published in 1917. It originated as a digestif, probably a nice nightcap to sip before bed. Rumor has it that Reginald Vanderbilt actually ordered Stingers before dinner and elevated The Stinger to cocktail status making it the rage with New York socialites.
A Hollywood Connection Outside Company:
This classic cocktail does have some Hollywood history. Cary Grant spoke the remembered words, “Stingers, and keep them coming,” in the 1957 film “Kiss Them For Me.” The Stinger is also referenced in “The Bishop’s Wife,” “The Apartment,” and “Gorkey Park.” Seemingly sophisticated and glamorous, The Stinger was the perfect ending to a night out on the town.