Remember The Maine Cocktail

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The Remember The Maine cocktail is a drink built with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, and Absinthe!

Remember The Maine Cocktail Info

The Remember the Maine cocktail is excellent if you like the Manhattan cocktail! The historic cocktail looks like it is a direct adaptation of the famous whiskey drink. However, it draws its inspiration from both the Manhattan and New Orleans classic, the Sazerac, because It also calls for absinthe.

Remember that the Maine came from Charles H. Baker, Jr. "The Gentleman's Companion". The description says, "Treat it with the respect that it deserves, gentlemen." The description also mentions bombs that were allegedly going off around Baker in preparation for the Cuban uprising, which occurred as Baker first tried the cocktail in Havana. The name for this drink comes from a battleship that sources say helped lead to the Spanish-American war. People were heard screaming, "Remember the Main, to hell with Spain". 

Despite the confusing history that combined the Spanish-American War with the Cuban Revolution in 1933, the drink was a hit because of its bold, rich, and herbaceous characteristics. It starts with the absinthe rinsed glass, but it is a stemmed glass rather than a rocks one. This combination of rye whiskey and sweet vermouth is combined with cherry liqueur, hence why you can call it a Manhattan. Heering cherry liquor is used in the original Remember the Maine cocktail recipe. It's a sweeter and redder cherry liqueur that has been around for more than 100 years.

Remember The Maine

Try this if you enjoy the Manhattan cocktail!


5 from 2 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 2 dashes Absinthe
  • 60 ml Whiskey (Rye)
  • 25 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 15 ml Cherry Liqueur


  • Coat a martini glass with absinthe, then put it to the side.
  • Take a mixing glass and add ice to it.
  • Add the whiskey, cherry liqueur, and sweet vermouth!
  • Stir it cold and long, so you dilute a little water into the drink.
  • Strain into the martini glass.
  • Serve!
Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 5g | Iron: 1mg
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