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A little-known Rye-based cocktail. In 1898 the USS Maine sank in the Havana harbour. It was a sad day for all. In 1933, Charles Baker happened to be stationed there whilst the Sergeant’s revolt was happening. All the missiles and explosions reminded him of the great USS Maine, so he created this cocktail in remembrance.


  • 3/4oz Sweet vermouth
  • 1/3oz Cherry Heering
  • 2oz Rye whiskey
  • 1/2tsp Absinthe


As we’re working with a spirit forward cocktail, we’re stirring this in a beaker. 

Start off with your sweet vermouth, cherry heering, and your rye whiskey. 

Then grab your coup, because we’re gonna do an absinthe rinse! Take a teaspoon of absinthe and drop it into your coup glass, and slowly spin it around the inside of the glass, making sure it’s totally laced. The absinthe gives the cocktail a beautiful herbal aromatic quality. Don’t pour out the remaining absinthe though. 

Add ice to your beaker and stir for up to 20 seconds maximum. You don’t want to dilute it down too much!

Single strain into your coup and garnish with a luxardo cherry on a cocktail stick.

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