Transport yourself to a silent film soiree with the classic Mary Pickford Cocktail. It's a vibrant drink that will take your cocktail recipes to new heights. 

Side shot of a coupe glass filled with pink mary pickford cocktail.

Looking for a classic rum cocktail?

This classic drink is the perfect easy drink for unwinding after a long day. It only takes 5 minutes to make and will transport you to a tropical island paradise after the first sip. 

Step into the golden age of Hollywood with the Mary Pickford cocktail, a drink named after the legendary actress who graced the silent film era during the early 1900s. This pink drink captures the essence of glamour and sophistication that defined Mary Pickford's iconic career. Like a cross between a dirty Shirley Temple cocktail and a Bahama mama, this drink also contains a dash of grenadine but with a splash of white rum and pineapple juice for a tropical vibe. 

What Is a Mary Pickford Cocktail?

Claimed to have been created by local bartenders Eddie Woelke and Englishman Fred Kaufman at the hotel Nacional de Cuba, the Mary Pickford Cocktail is a prohibition-era cocktail named after America's sweetheart and silent film star, Mary Pickford. Although historians have widely debated the origins of this signature drink, it's still a classic cocktail named in Pickford's honor. 

Overhead shot of garnish in a pink cocktail.

What you'll love about this recipe:


  • EASY - This cocktail only requires 3 ingredients, making it the perfect drink for a quick pick-me-up.
  • TROPICAL - The fresh pineapple juice gives this classic drink a vacation vibe, acting as a nightcap to a hot summer day.

What You Need to Make a Mary Pickford Cocktail

  • White rum – use your favorite light rum. 
  • Pineapple juice – use fresh pineapple juice if you can. If you can't, look for 100% pineapple juice with no added flavorings or sugar. 
  • Grenadine syrup – you can use store-bought or make your own grenadine syrup. 
  • Edible flowers for garnish.

How to Make a Mary Pickford Cocktail

  • Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  • Add the white rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine syrup to the cocktail shaker.
  • Shake the ingredients well until the mixture is thoroughly chilled.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini or coupe glass.
  • Garnish with an assortment of edible flowers.

Expert Recipe Tip


  • Not a fan of grenadine? Use a splash of pomegranate juice instead. 
Mary pickford cocktail being strained from a cocktail shaker.

How to serve this cocktail

Serve it chilled in a coupe glass, and consider garnishing with edible flowers, a pineapple slice, or maraschino cherry to enhance the visual appeal.

Whether you're hosting a classic movie night, a Hollywood-themed party, or simply craving a taste of nostalgia, the Mary Pickford cocktail adds a touch of vintage elegance to any occasion. If you try this recipe, please rate the recipe card and leave a comment down below to help out the next reader! 

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Pink cocktail in a coupe glass.

Mary Pickford Cocktail

Sip on the golden era of Hollywood with the Mary Pickford cocktail, blending white rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine for a taste of vintage glamour.
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Cocktail Recipes
American
Author: Kita
5 minutes
Serves: 1

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker

Ingredients

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
  • Edible flowers for garnish

Instructions

  • Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  • Add the white rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine syrup to the shaker.
  • Shake the ingredients well until the mixture is thoroughly chilled.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini or coupe glass.
  • Garnish with an assortment.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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Recipe FAQs

Absolutely! Simply substitute the rum with a non-alcoholic alternative or extra pineapple juice for a refreshing virgin Mary Pickford.

Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the ingredient proportions to suit your taste preferences. Some variations include using different rums or experimenting with fresh fruit garnishes.

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