Mary Pickford, not only was she a famous silent film star but according to a few theories, during a trip that she made to Cuba, this stunning tropical rum cocktail recipe was made in her honor, and is so tasty good!
It’s a classic and one of my favorite prohibition-era cocktail recipes, the Mary Pickford Cocktail.
Long Live the Mary Pickford Cocktail
Albeit, it’s become a known fact that Mary Pickford didn’t actually travel to Cuba during the 1920s, the stories are still fun to tell. She was known as the “girl with the curls” and was a forerunner in the film industry.
Supposedly she was in Havana along with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, when either Eddie Woelke or Fred Kaufmann (bartenders at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba) created this beautiful drink in her honor.
It’s a stunning drink that is perfectly refreshing and ideal for those hot summer evenings, this speakeasy cocktail is impressive and so easy to make.
As with most cocktails, the amount of ingredients can slightly vary, depending on the preference of taste. I find the proportions given in this recipe to be balanced just right, but feel free to adjust according to your taste.
The color is a vibrant pink and looks wonderful when garnished with the fronds (leaves) of pineapple alone or get a little whimsy and add a maraschino cherry if you’d like.
This is one of those attractive cocktails that should become a signature drink. It’s flirty yet elegant, impressive yet rather “cool” all at once. Serve up this Mary Pickford cocktail, shaken and chilled then serve it up in a martini type glass or coupe glass,
What You’ll Need:
- White rum
- Pineapple juice
- Grenadine syrup
- Pineapple fronds for garnish
- Cocktail shaker
- Coupe or martini glass
How to Make this Porhibition Cocktail:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add in the white rum, grenadine, pineapple juice, and maraschino liquor.
Shake ingredients well until chilled. Strain into glass.
Garnish with pineapple fronds and/or cherry and enjoy!
Other Cocktail Recipes to Try:
- Blueberry Buck Cocktail
- Scarlett O’Hara Cocktail Punch
- The Bee’s Knees Prohibition Cocktail
- The Pimm’s Cup
- The White Lady Cocktail
How to Make the Mary Pickford Cocktail:
- 2 ounces white rum
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 2 teaspoons grenadine syrup
- 1 teaspoon Luxardo maraschino liquor (optional)
- Fill a shaker with ice and add ingredients.
- Shake well until chilled. Strain into a coupe type glass.
- Garnish with pineapple fronds and cherry if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 0g
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.