Remember the Maine

This cocktail was first published in Charles Baker’s The Gentleman’s Companion: Being an Exotic Drinking Book or, Around the World with Jigger, Beaker, and Flask. He discovered the drink in Havana and named it after the USS Maine which sunk off the coast of Cuba, one of the precipitating events that led to the Spanish-American War. It’s similar to the Manhattan but with rich, fruity notes.

2 ounces rye
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce Cherry Heering
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash absinthe
Fresh cherry, for garnish

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add rye, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, bitters, and absinthe. Stir until chilled. Strain into a martini glass and serve with a cherry.

Makes 1.

80 ounces rye
30 ounces sweet vermouth
20 ounces Cherry Heering
20 ounces Angostura bitters
10 ounces absinthe
1/2 medium plus toast American Oak Infusion Spiral

  1. In a large, glass gallon container (with a lid), add rye, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, bitters, and absinthe. Place oak spiral in container, cover, and store at room temperature for 1 month before serving.

Makes 1 gallon.