Remember the Maine Cocktail

Originally found in Charles H. Baker’s “The Gentleman’s Companion: Being an Exotic Drinking Book or Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask”, the Remember the Maine is the perfect cocktail to showcase an aged single malt like the Glenfiddich 18 year old. Similar to a Sazerac in its use of Absinthe, that is where the similarities end. Either way, it is an elegant cocktail that derives it’s name from the USS Maine that sunk in Havana Harbour in 1898.


2 parts Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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1/2 part sweet vermouth

1/4 part cherry liqueur

bar spoon Absinthe


Stir with ice.

Strain into a chilled rocks glass.

Garnish with a orange zest.


Andreas Stern-Peltz 21 Aug 2013
12:49 pm

Hi Charlotte
I saw that your pour the ingredients over the ice, why not pour the ingredients first and then the ice?

The reasons why I find it smarter to ice last are listed here :

steve7500 21 Aug 2013
1:54 pm

Your presentation was spot on as always. I would like to know what you use as your Cherry ingredient ? Cherry Heering , Cherry - - - ?

CVoisey 23 Aug 2013
11:04 am

Here specifically I had a large piece of ice and then some cracked ice, the large piece was on the bottom and I knew that if I added that piece after the spirits that it would not come into contact with the spirits enough to chill them properly during stirring.
Normally, I put in the cocktail ingredients first and then the ice, when the ice is smaller and I know it will interact well with the liquids.

I use both methods, but choose which according exactly to the ice I have in front of me.  If in doubt it is usually better to put cocktail in first and then ice, just make sure you stir well in order to get a good chill.

steve7500, Cherry Heering would work just fine here.

William Cheshire 27 Aug 2013
8:20 am

I was surprised to see an 18 year old Single Malt used here, especially when paired with Cherry Heering and Absinthe, two flavors that I’ve found easily dominate the balance of a cocktail. Why would an 18 year old be preferred over a younger whisky? Or, maybe better put, what am I missing about Cherry Heering and Abinsthe that really allow a whisky to be showcased (and thus making good partners for an aged, high quality whisky)?

CVoisey 27 Aug 2013
1:20 pm


Good question.  Firstly, there is no need to mix the Glenfiddich 18 year old in a cocktail, it is genuinely delicious all by itself.  That said, for the growing audience of cocktail lovers in the world, it is fun and exciting to incorporate aged, high quality whiskies into cocktails.  When done with a careful hand the results are very enjoyable.

You are also correct that Cherry Heering and Absinthe are strong flavors, particularly the latter, which is why I use them so sparingly - the idea being to just give a hint of flavor, just enough to compliment the aromas and flavors that I detect myself in the Single Malt.

I know this cocktail well and specifically chose the Glenfiddich 18 year old for its complexity, flavor profile and smoothness.  Some other of my episodes show my preferred cocktail choices for the Glenfiddich 12 year old and 15 year old respectively - it is based on flavor combinations.

We are in an exciting time where I believe that no bottle is beyond the reach of the mixologist. I also believe that excellent drinks can be made from nothing but excellent ingredients so I like to work with the best spirits I can, when I can.

Hope you enjoy the show!


jack white 3 Oct 2013
11:41 am

Hello, i am writing from argentina. and i want to know if you can give an idea of what to use instead of cherry liqueur? what can go well with the glenfiddich.
thanks a lot

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