This rye-based drink is part Sazerac and part Manhattan, its flavor is complex and spirit forward. The drink is first recorded by cocktail writer Charles H. Baker in his 1939 book titled The Gentleman’s Companion. The name refers to the U.S. navel ship, the Maine, that sunk off the coast of Havana in 1898. Its mysterious sinking inspired the rallying cry “Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain” that would end up jump-starting the Spanish-American War, which lead to Cuba’s independence.
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