This drink is widely believed to be created in 1930 and first printed in Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock in the same year, this is not true at all. It is also purported that this drink contained Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, again not true. This drink appears as early as:
When it’s cocktail time in Cuba. by Basil Woon in 1928
“The two other cocktails mostly in demand in Havana are the presidente and the Mary Pickford. … is two-thirds pineapple-juice and one-third bacardi, with a dash of grenadine. Both cocktails are sweetish and should be well shaken.”
It is no surprise that Mary Pickford has a cocktail named after her, she was without a doubt the most successful silent film actress of all time, she was even married to Douglas Fairbanks, who also had a cocktail named after him, seeing as he was the most successful silent film actor of all time.
The couples own marraige might have been the event that forced this drink into american drinking culture, but it is more likely the creation of United Artist, which included the couple and charlie chapman, who also happens to have a drink named after him. It is important to note, that although fairbanks and chapman both have drinks, it appears pickfords far predates theirs.
This drink dates between 1917 – 1924 and contained at least as of then:
Shake these ingredients:
Bacardi Light Rum
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.