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Don’t bear in mind your historical past? The Maine was a battleship that exploded and sank within the harbor of Havana, Cuba in 1898, after which the U.S. — goaded by yellow journalism — finally entered into struggle with Spain. Many years later the true reason behind the explosion could be revealed — “self-inflicted” — all of which you’ll take into consideration as you sip this cocktail, designed within the Nineteen Thirties and reprinted in The Canon Cocktail Book.
It’s a simple and pleasant cocktail, and if you happen to don’t have Heering available, maraschino works simply high quality, as I found this night. And, professional tip: As at all times, the higher the sweet vermouth you employ, the higher the drink will probably be. I’d argue that it’s extra necessary than the rye even. (I used Rittenhouse.)
For some variations, you might attempt bourbon as an alternative of rye, in fact, or a special fruit liqueur corresponding to Chambord or creme de cassis. I would attempt tossing in some chocolate bitters for the subsequent go-round. Which, based mostly on its reception right here, appears inevitable.
Bear in mind the Maine
1/4 oz absinthe
1 1/2 oz rye
3/4 oz candy vermouth
1/8 oz cherry Heering liqueur
Rinse or atomize glass with the absinthe. Stir remaining substances in a vessel with a lot of ice till chilly. Pressure right into a coupe. Garnish with cocktail cherries — the extra the higher.