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Remember the Maine

remember the maine cocktail
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If you appreciate a good Manhattan—a rye Manhattan specifically—then the Remember the Maine will most likely find a home in your drinks repertoire. The cocktail comes from Charles H. Baker, Jr’s. The Gentleman’s Companion from 1939 and is notable for its additions of cherry liqueur and a touch of absinthe.


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 teaspoons Heering cherry liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon absinthe
  • Garnish: brandied cherry


  1. In a chilled coupe or cocktail glass, add the absinthe. Swirl to coat and discard the excess.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into the prepared glass.

  4. Garnish with a brandied cherry.