50ml Rye Whiskey
20ml Sweet Vermouth
10ml Cherry brandy
2 dashes Absinthe
The first publication of this cocktail was in 1939 in the book The Gentleman’s Companion, Charles H. Baker. It was named after the USS Maine sinking, which started the Spanish/American war in 1898. This cocktail was named after a press slogan about this. In his book Baker gives instructions to make it “stir briskly in clockwise fashion – this makes it sea going, presumably!”
Quite a simple history I think it is quite an interesting one.