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Mary Pickford Cocktail: the original drink recipe based on white rum

Total time: 10 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 1 person
By Cookist
White rum
6 cl
Pineapple juice
6 cl
maraschino liqueur
1 cl
Grenadine syrup
1 cl

The Mary Pickford cocktail is a drink made of white rum, maraschino, pineapple juice and grenadine, realized for the first time at the bar of the National Hotel in Cuba in 1920. The cocktail is a tribute to the Canadian actress Mary Pickford, stage name of Gladys Louise Smith. Already famous as a child prodigy with her beloved blonde curls, she was a diva of the silent cinema also known as the "America's sweetheart". In her career she won an Oscar in 1929 for the film Coquette and then became a producer. She also founded the independent film studio United Artists with Charlie Chaplin.

She was a beautiful woman with a strong character, just like this cocktail inspired by her. Perfect to serve as an aperitif, the Mary Pickford cocktail can be enjoyed on any occasion and at any time, for this reason it belongs to All Day Cocktail category of the IBA category. Let's find out how to make the original Mary Pickford cocktail recipe at home.

How to make the Mary Pickford Cocktail

Put the ice in the shaker.

Add the white rum, the pineapple juice, the maraschino, the grenadine syrup. Shake quickly.

Pour the drink into a small chilled cup with ice.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry.


– Make the pineapple juice with an extractor. Alternatively, you can also crush 3-4 pieces of pineapple in the shaker with a muddler, a tool used to crush cocktail ingredients. Finally, you can strain the juice.

– You can garnish the Mary Pickford cocktail with a pineapple slice instead of a maraschino cherry.

– You can also add 3 tablespoons of egg whites to the Mary Pickford cocktail. Your drink will be more full-bodied and a soft foam will form on the surface. If you want to add egg whites, pour all the ingredients into the shaker without ice and shake. Add ice and shake quickly. Strain through a sieve.

– If you like white rum based cocktails, try Daiquiri, the Caribbean drink made of rum, lime juice and sugar syrup, or Piña Colada, made of white rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice.

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