Mary Pickford herself. [Photograph: wikipedia.org]
Among the drinks that Gourmet selected from its archives to highlight the magazine's almost 70 years in print (now sadly cut short), one has a name as well as a character that spins the clock back to the early 20th century: Mary Pickford.
Appearing in Gourmet in 1943, the Mary Pickford was, obviously, named for the silent film star and co-founder of United Artists. Created by legendary Havana bartender Eddie Woelke, the Mary Pickford is a liquid tribute to this pioneering film actress.
While you might expect a drink named for America's Sweetheart (despite the fact that she was Canadian) to pack as much wallop as a Shirley Temple, the Mary Pickford is a curious sort of proto-exotic drink, made with rum, pineapple juice and grenadine, with a bit of mystery added through the inclusion of maraschino liqueur.
Mary Pickford Recipe
- 2 ounces light rum
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon grenadine
- 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.