The Mary Pickford Cocktail

Mary_Pickford_with_camera2America’s Sweetheart was, apparently, fond of the occasional tipple. Her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, was not. I guess you need to be sober to somersault off buildings and fight pirates.  Of course, Fairbanks did all of his own stunts. Errol Flynn, on the other hand, did the sensible thing and let someone else take the risk while he downed another drink.  I digress, so back to this drink’s namesake.

Apparently, this cocktail was invented by barman Fred Kaufman at the Savilla-Biltmore Hotel in Havana after a visit by Mary and Doug. Who knows whether Mary Pickford ever sampled the cocktail named after her. Being an actress, director, producer, and one of the founding owners of United Artists, she deserved a drink.  Doug could just go climb a tree, or something.

I found two recipes for this one (probably more, but I’m stickin’ with these two).  I find version #2 too sweet for my tastes, but include it here for anyone with a sweet tooth who wants to try it.

2 oz Light Rum

¾ oz Pineapple Juice (unsweetened)

3 dashes Grenadine

1 or 2 dashes of Maraschino liqueur (optional)

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

You want a light rum. However, do not use Bacardi’s white rum for this (actually, I cannot think of an application for Bacardi’s white rum, it’s just too damn insipid), but Bacardi 8 or Appleton, anything with a bit of color, works well.  

Mary Pickford

Version #2 (sweet version)

2 oz Rum

2 oz Pineapple Juice (unsweetened)

1/3 oz Grenadine

1/3 oz Maraschino Liqueur

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The proportions on this one are weird. Jiggers and measuring cups do not usually have 1/3 ounce marks.  You can reduce the amount of rum and pineapple juice and take the remainder down to 1/4 ounce, or you can just muddle through and estimate the 1/3 ounce measures.  

An American cocktail (which contains products from the Caribbean, Iran, and Italy) for America’s Sweetheart (who was Canadian)!

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