Vodka Stinger Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:24

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Vodka Stinger is a variation of the classic Stinger cocktail, which traditionally uses brandy. The Stinger has been around since the early 20th century and was a favorite among high society. The Vodka Stinger, with its clear, clean taste of vodka, offers a modern twist on this classic. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a strong, straightforward cocktail with a hint of sweetness.

How Vodka Stinger Tastes?

The Vodka Stinger is a strong, potent cocktail with a clean, crisp taste from the vodka. The crème de menthe adds a sweet, minty freshness that balances the strength of the vodka, making it a refreshing, yet powerful drink.

Interesting facts about Vodka Stinger

  • The Vodka Stinger is a variation of the classic Stinger cocktail.
  • It's a strong, straightforward cocktail with a hint of sweetness.
  • The crème de menthe gives it a refreshing, minty flavor.


A few good options for Vodka Stinger are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


A trusty workhorse in many cocktails, vodka is chosen here for its neutrality, delivering a smooth kick without overpowering the palate. Too much and you might as well be in Russia fighting the cold; too little and the drink loses its backbone.

Alternatives: If you dared to stray from tradition, a clear rum might add a sweet undertone.

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Crème de Menthe

The sweet, minty wave of the Crème de Menthe brings a refreshing chill to the drink, acting as the character actor in this two-part play. Skip it, and your stinger loses its sting. Overdo it, and you've got mouthwash.

Alternatives: Peppermint schnapps could be used, but expect a sharper, more intense mint flavor.

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Recipe. How to make Vodka Stinger Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 2 oz of vodka and 1 oz of crème de menthe.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality vodka for a smoother taste.
  • Make sure to shake well to properly mix the ingredients.
  • Serve in a chilled glass to keep the cocktail cold.

Perfect Pairings

Sweets & Desserts

  • Chocolate Treats: The menthol from the Crème de Menthe goes fantastically with dark or milk chocolate.
  • Vanilla-flavored Desserts: Vanilla ice cream or custards would be a great match for balancing the coolness of the mint.

Savory Snacks

  • Salty Nuts: Almonds, pistachios, or cashews can provide a nice contrast in flavors.
  • Cheese Platters: Aim for creamy cheeses like brie or goat cheese which won't overwhelm the drink's flavors.

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What you could change in Vodka Stinger

  • Brandy: You can substitute the vodka with brandy to make a classic Stinger.
  • Peppermint Schnapps: If you don't have crème de menthe, you can use peppermint schnapps instead.

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Citrus Stinger

Ingredients: 2 oz Vodka, 0.75 oz Crème de Menthe, 0.25 oz Lemon Juice

Recipe: Follow steps 1-4 of the original recipe, incorporating the lemon juice with the other ingredients before shaking.

The zesty lemon juice adds a bright, tangy twist, slicing through the sweetness and mint, giving your palate a quick jolt of summer no matter the season.

Spiced Stinger

Ingredients: 2 oz Vodka, 1 oz Crème de Menthe, 0.5 oz Cinnamon Syrup

Recipe: Add the cinnamon syrup with the vodka and crème de menthe before shaking. Proceed as usual.

Warm cinnamon notes will wrap around the cool mint, dancing a tango that's both spicy and refreshing—an autumnal hug in a glass.

Berry Stinger

Ingredients: 2 oz Vodka, 1 oz Crème de Menthe, Fresh Berries

Recipe: Muddle some fresh berries in the shaker before adding the vodka and crème de Menthe. Shake it up and strain.

The freshness of the berries adds a fruit-forward dimension, balancing the mint and bringing a colorful twist to your glass—and potentially a berry good time.

In case you forgot basics how to make Vodka Stinger

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

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Frequently Asked Questions on Vodka Stinger

What type of Vodka is best to use for a Vodka Stinger?

For a Vodka Stinger, it's preferred to use a top-shelf vodka. It's a simple cocktail, so the quality of vodka can greatly affect its taste.

Can I add any garnish to the Vodka Stinger?

A sprig of fresh mint or a slice of lemon often complements the flavors of the cocktail well, but it's not traditional to the recipe.

What food pairs well with a Vodka Stinger?

Seafood, especially fish or oysters, pairs well with the Vodka Stinger due to its refreshing and strong flavor.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Vodka Stinger?

Yes, you can replace the vodka with a clear, non-alcoholic spirit and use non-alcoholic crème de menthe.

What glassware is best for serving a Vodka Stinger?

A Vodka Stinger is usually served in a classic cocktail glass. The shape of this glass helps to preserve the chilled temperature of the cocktail.

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