Mary Pickford Cocktail Drink

Mary Pickford

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Unwind with this straightforward Mary Pickford recipe! With rum, pineapple juice, and cherry, this cool drink is a top choice for fun times.

Mary Pickford Cocktail Recipe

Enjoy this simple Mary Pickford cocktail recipe! With rum, pineapple juice, and cherry, this drink is great for parties.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

158 kl

Ingredients

  • oz White Rum
  • oz pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • 1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer and fine-strainer
  • Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Stir some ice cubes into your cocktail glass to chill it evenly.
  • Add Grenadine: Carefully measure 1 tsp grenadine, adding it to the shaker.
  • Add Maraschino Liqueur: Include 1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur for an extra flavor kick.
  • Add Pineapple Juice: Pour 1½ oz pineapple juice into the shaker.
  • Add White Rum: Measure 1½ oz White Rum and add it to the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake Well: Cap your shaker and give it a good shake until everything is well-blended and chilled.
  • Strain: Use a strainer and a fine-strainer to pour the mixture into a cocktail glass, leaving the ice in the shaker.
  • Garnish: Drop a maraschino cherry into the drink for a classic garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: If you're out of white rum, coconut rum can be a fantastic alternative, adding a tropical twist. I've tried it, and it adds a nice subtle coconut flavor that pairs beautifully with the pineapple.
  • Pineapple Juice: I've used muddled fresh pineapple chunks in the absence of pineapple juice. It requires more effort, but the fresh, tangy taste is undeniable.
  • Grenadine: If grenadine is unavailable, a cherry or a simple syrup mixed with a splash of pomegranate juice can suffice. I ensure it's sweet enough to balance the tartness of the pineapple.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: I've substituted this with a dash of almond extract for a nutty undertone or a cherry-flavored liqueur when in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Mary Pickford Cocktail:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8 people, you'll need 12 oz of white rum, 12 oz of pineapple juice, 8 tsp of grenadine, and 8 tsp of maraschino liqueur.
  • Mix: Combine all these ingredients with ice in a large pitcher. If you have one that can be sealed, shake the mixture, otherwise a long spoon is perfect for stirring.
  • Serve: Serve in individual chilled cocktail glasses, garnished with maraschino cherries, and enjoy with friends!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: A non-alcoholic vanilla extract provides a hint of the rum's sweetness and depth, or you can use a rum-flavored syrup available in some specialty stores.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: you can easily use cherry syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a delightful, alcohol-free Mary Pickford.

Making it Vegan:

  • Grenadine/Maraschino Liqueur: Ensure the grenadine and maraschino liqueur brands don't contain animal products; some might use them as coloring agents or flavorings.
  • Maraschino Cherry: Some maraschino cherries are processed with preservatives and colorings that are not vegan-friendly. Opt for brands that specify they're vegan or use fresh cherries as a natural alternative.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
158
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
59
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
4
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
9
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Mary Pickford Cocktail Drink

Mary Pickford Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy this simple Mary Pickford cocktail recipe! With rum, pineapple juice, and cherry, this drink is great for parties.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 158

Ingredients
 

  • oz White Rum
  • oz pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • 1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur
  • Maraschino cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer and fine-strainer
  • Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Stir some ice cubes into your cocktail glass to chill it evenly.
  • Add Grenadine: Carefully measure 1 tsp grenadine, adding it to the shaker.
  • Add Maraschino Liqueur: Include 1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur for an extra flavor kick.
  • Add Pineapple Juice: Pour 1½ oz pineapple juice into the shaker.
  • Add White Rum: Measure 1½ oz White Rum and add it to the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake Well: Cap your shaker and give it a good shake until everything is well-blended and chilled.
  • Strain: Use a strainer and a fine-strainer to pour the mixture into a cocktail glass, leaving the ice in the shaker.
  • Garnish: Drop a maraschino cherry into the drink for a classic garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: If you're out of white rum, coconut rum can be a fantastic alternative, adding a tropical twist. I've tried it, and it adds a nice subtle coconut flavor that pairs beautifully with the pineapple.
  • Pineapple Juice: I've used muddled fresh pineapple chunks in the absence of pineapple juice. It requires more effort, but the fresh, tangy taste is undeniable.
  • Grenadine: If grenadine is unavailable, a cherry or a simple syrup mixed with a splash of pomegranate juice can suffice. I ensure it's sweet enough to balance the tartness of the pineapple.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: I've substituted this with a dash of almond extract for a nutty undertone or a cherry-flavored liqueur when in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Mary Pickford Cocktail:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8 people, you'll need 12 oz of white rum, 12 oz of pineapple juice, 8 tsp of grenadine, and 8 tsp of maraschino liqueur.
  • Mix: Combine all these ingredients with ice in a large pitcher. If you have one that can be sealed, shake the mixture, otherwise a long spoon is perfect for stirring.
  • Serve: Serve in individual chilled cocktail glasses, garnished with maraschino cherries, and enjoy with friends!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: A non-alcoholic vanilla extract provides a hint of the rum's sweetness and depth, or you can use a rum-flavored syrup available in some specialty stores.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: you can easily use cherry syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a delightful, alcohol-free Mary Pickford.

Making it Vegan:

  • Grenadine/Maraschino Liqueur: Ensure the grenadine and maraschino liqueur brands don't contain animal products; some might use them as coloring agents or flavorings.
  • Maraschino Cherry: Some maraschino cherries are processed with preservatives and colorings that are not vegan-friendly. Opt for brands that specify they're vegan or use fresh cherries as a natural alternative.

What is a Mary Pickford Cocktail?

A Mary Pickford cocktail blends white rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, and maraschino liqueur. The drink comes from the iconic silent film actress known for her signature curls and pioneering influence in early Hollywood. Originating in the 1920s, the cocktail pays homage to the starlet’s sparkle and charm, capturing her essence in a glass. The IBA(International Bartender Association) officially recognize the drink and classifies it as one of “The Unforgettables“.

A side shot of a Mary Pickford cocktail in a cocktail glass on a black stone coaster placed on a white table with a jigger, a fine strainer, and a salmon cloth around, in front of a pink wall.

What is a Mary Pickford cocktail made of – The ingredients

To prepare a Mary Pickford Cocktail, gather these ingredients:

  • White Rum: Provides a strong, smooth base that carries the other flavors.
  • Pineapple Juice: Adds a tropical sweetness and tangy freshness to the mix.
  • Grenadine: Contributes a rich, sweet, slightly tart flavor, enhancing the cocktail’s complexity and color.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: Infuses a subtle hint of cherry with almond sweetness, rounding out the flavor profile.

White Rum, Maraschino Liqueur, grenadine and pineapple juice laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Mary Pickford cocktail?

Join our guide to make your own Mary Pickford Cocktail:

1
<p>Place your glass of service in the freezer in advance or chill it by stirring some ice cubes in it.</p>

Place your glass of service in the freezer in advance or chill it by stirring some ice cubes in it.

2
<p>Include a bar spoon of grenadine into the shaker for a hint of deep, sugary tartness and a beautiful color.</p>

Include a bar spoon of grenadine into the shaker for a hint of deep, sugary tartness and a beautiful color.

3
<p>Pour in the maraschino liqueur to introduce a final touch of cherry and a subtle almond-like sweetness.</p>

Pour in the maraschino liqueur to introduce a final touch of cherry and a subtle almond-like sweetness.

4
<p>Add the pineapple juice to your mixture, introducing a sweet and tangy element.</p>

Add the pineapple juice to your mixture, introducing a sweet and tangy element.

5
<p>Measure the white rum and pour it into the shaker, setting the foundation for your cocktail’s flavor.</p>

Measure the white rum and pour it into the shaker, setting the foundation for your cocktail’s flavor.

6
<p>Fill your shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill your shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Seal your shaker and vigorously shake the mixture, blending all the ingredients while chilling them to perfection.</p>

Seal your shaker and vigorously shake the mixture, blending all the ingredients while chilling them to perfection.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your cocktail glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your cocktail glass.

9
<p>Fine strain the concoction into your chosen cocktail glass, leaving the ice behind and presenting a smooth drink.</p>

Fine strain the concoction into your chosen cocktail glass, leaving the ice behind and presenting a smooth drink.

10
<p>Garnish your cocktail with a maraschino cherry or a piece of pineapple for a touch of elegance and an extra flavor note.</p>

Garnish your cocktail with a maraschino cherry or a piece of pineapple for a touch of elegance and an extra flavor note.

11
<p>Enjoy your Mary Pickford cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Mary Pickford cocktail!

Best Rum for a Mary Pickford Cocktail

Choosing the proper rum for your Mary Pickford cocktail can elevate your mixing experience from ordinary to exceptional. Given its origin, a genuine Cuban rum like Havana Club 3 Años does wonders for authenticity. Its lightness complements the drink’s sweet profile, while its aged nuances provide depth. Bacardi Superior is another fitting option, known for its crispness and subtle fruity notes that harmonize beautifully with the pineapple and maraschino components. However, if you’re aiming for a slightly richer backdrop to the prevailing sweetness, Plantation 3 Stars Artisanal Rum offers a delicate blend of rums from three islands, introducing a unique complexity. My top pick? It’s Havana Club 3 Años. Its balance, smoothness, and true Cuban spirit make it the ideal match for a cocktail with a history as rich as Mary Pickford’s.

A side shot of a Mary Pickford cocktail in a cocktail glass on a black stone coaster placed on a white table with a jigger, a fine strainer, a book, and a salmon cloth around.

Mary Pickford Mocktail – Enjoy without the Maraschino Liqueur and Rum

Embracing the spirit of its alcoholic counterpart, the Mary Pickford Mocktail offers a delightful blend of flavors without the booze. Start with a non-alcoholic rum alternative, which provides a familiar base without the kick. Seedlip, a renowned brand, offers options that mimic the spiced or citrus notes often found in traditional rum. Next, maintain the drink’s signature sweetness with pineapple juice, a crucial ingredient that doesn’t change in this adaptation. For the maraschino liqueur, a dash of non-alcoholic cherry syrup does the trick, contributing sweetness and that hint. Grenadine remains a constant, adding color and a touch of pomegranate tartness. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass for a refreshing mocktail that stays true to the original’s heart.

A side shot of a Mary Pickford cocktail in a cocktail glass on a black stone coaster placed on a white table with a jigger, a book, and a salmon cloth around, in front of a pink wall.

History and Origins of the Mary Pickford Cocktail

The Mary Pickford cocktail has an intriguing history, rooted in the golden age of Hollywood and named after the renowned silent film actress Mary Pickford. People often credit the creation of this drink to Eddie Woelke, an American bartender who fled to Cuba during Prohibition in the 1920s. While working at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Woelke crafted this drink in honor of Mary Pickford, who was visiting the hotel with her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, and the notorious Charlie Chaplin.

The cocktail’s composition, a blend of white rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, and maraschino liqueur, reflects the luxury and excitement of the era. It quickly gained popularity among the high society in Cuba and the United States, becoming a symbol of glamour and sophistication associated with its namesake.

Mary Pickford, known for her talent, influence in the film industry, and signature curly hair, embodied the spirit of Hollywood’s silent film era. Much like Pickford’s star persona, the cocktail boasts a sweet, alluring, and vibrant character, making it a timeless classic.

A Mary Pickford cocktail, shot form above, on a white marmol table with a White Rum bottle, a Maraschino Liqueur bottle, a grenadine bottle, and a pineapple bottle around.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Mary Pickford?
A standard Mary Pickford contains approximately 150-200 calories, depending on the specific measurements of ingredients.
How strong is a Mary Pickford?
The alcohol content of a Mary Pickford typically ranges from 15-20% ABV (30-40 proof) to 20-25%, depending on the rum's potency and the proportion of non-alcoholic ingredients.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mary Pickford?
White rum is the primary alcohol used in a traditional Mary Pickford.
What does a Mary Pickford taste like?
A Mary Pickford offers a sweet and slightly tart flavor profile, with the refreshing taste of pineapple juice complemented by the subtle sweetness of maraschino liqueur and grenadine.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Mary Pickford?
The classic Mary Pickford has equal parts of rum and pineapple juice with a touch of grenadine and maraschino liqueur.
How is Mary Pickford served in terms of ice?
A Mary Pickford is usually shaken with ice and then strained into a glass, typically served "up" without additional ice.
In which glass is a Mary Pickford traditionally served?
The Mary Pickford is traditionally served in a stemmed cocktail glass, often a coupe.

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