The Mary Pickford is a classic rum cocktail from the Prohibition Era, made with white rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, and maraschino liqueur. Created in the 1920s by either Eddie Woelke or Fred Kaufmann and named after the famous Canadian actress.
According to the story, Mary Pickford was in Havana, Cuba, with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, (her husband at that time). Like with most classic cocktails, there is more than one bartender involved. With this cocktail, we have Eddie Woelke and Fred Kaufmann. One of them invented the famous drink and named it after the actress, but it’s not very clear which one. Here is where it gets confusing. There are claims, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks never went to Cuba while married nor was she shooting a movie there. Was the story made up? We don’t know…
The cocktail was first published in the 1928 cocktail book “When it’s Cocktail Time in Cuba” by Basil Woon and in the 1930 “The Savoy Cocktail Book” by Harry Craddock.
On the list of IBA Official Cocktails.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) of white rum.
- 1 ½ Ounce (45 ml) of fresh pineapple juice.
- ¼ Ounce (7.5 ml) of grenadine.
- 6 drops of maraschino liqueur.
- Maraschino cherry for garnish.
- Add all ingredients into a shaker.
- Fill with ice and shake.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish and enjoy.