The Mary Pickford Cocktail Recipe

Posted in Rum on March 3, 2014

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The Mary Pickford cocktail was named after a famous silent movie star who wrote history at the beginning of the Hollywood scene. She was a petite blonde woman who was also known as Little Mary because she was able to interpret little children even in her 30s. The cocktail that was named after her was invented in Cuba, during the Prohibition. The movie star was filming with Charlie Chaplin and her husband in Cuba and Eddie Woelke prepared this cocktail in her honor. Eddie flew to Cuba during the Prohibition era and he is mostly known for the El Presidente cocktail.


The Mary Pickford cocktail is a refreshing drink with a fruity taste. Originally, it contained one third of Bacardi rum and two thirds of pineapple juice. Later on, some maraschino liqueur and some grenadine were added to the recipe. Nowadays it is popular to use equal parts of rum and pineapple juice, but this is, after all, a matter of personal choice. You can experiment with various amounts of these two ingredients and see what comes out. Go for equal parts if you like stronger drinks or stick to only one third of rum if you want the pineapple flavor to be more evident.


The smooth and fruity taste of the Mary Pickford can easily mislead you. The drink has a pretty strong kick despite its fruity and refreshing aroma. It is an excellent cocktail for after dinner and before going out to party because it gives you the energy that you need for a hot night.


How to Prepare the Mary Pickford Cocktail


You need the following ingredients:


  • 2 oz. of light rum.
  • 2 oz. of pineapple juice.
  • 1 tsp. of grenadine.
  • 1 tsp. of maraschino cherry liqueur.


Pour all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes and shake them well. Strain the drink in a cocktail glass. You can garnish with a pineapple wedge if you like.


If you want a stronger drink, you can use only one ounce of pineapple juice. The result should be a pink flavored and perfectly balanced cocktail. It is best to use freshly squeezed pineapple juice because its aroma can’t be replicated by bottled varieties.


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