Mary Pickford cocktail

In the 1920s, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford formed United Artists and built a beautiful skyscraper for the headquarters in Los Angeles. Many years later, as the building was being remodeled for new owners, I got to tour it – the old run-down theater, the marble staircases… and then I was led into a strange, creepy little room below the theater. It was windowless and all black – walls, ceiling and floor. No one could tell me what the room’s purpose had been, but they knew it had been for Mary Pickford.

Unable to let the mystery go, I did some research and discovered it had been her private screening room, and now the pitch darkness of it made sense. Anyway, that’s my little story that I always associate with Mary Pickford, a woman ahead of her time. And this cocktail is appropriate for her. Like its namesake, The Mary Pickford cocktail sneaks up on you – it’s so smooth and sweet, you don’t realize what a kick it’s got until it’s too late.

Mary Pickford cocktail recipe - Light Rum, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine, Maraschino Liqueur

Instead of your typical rum-pineapple-coconut flavors, the Mary Pickford adds cherry in place of the coconut. This is a great drink for an evening pick-me-up between dinner and a night out.


  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • Dash of grenadine
  • Dash of maraschino liqueur

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake and strain into martini glass with a pineapple wedge.

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