Mary Pickford was more than just a perfect set of ringlets. The Canadian-American silent film star co-founded United Artists, helped kick start the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was named an honorary colonel by the U.S. Army. She also inspired this tasty cocktail, created by a bartender at the Hotel Nacional in Havana while Pickford was visiting Cuba with her husband Douglas Fairbanks and friend Charlie Chaplin. It was a real who’s who of the silent film elite. Originally made with equal parts rum and pineapple juice, this updated recipe scales back the juice to let the rum take center stage. For the best results, make your own grenadine at home.
From beachside bars to tiki bars to cruise ships to Applebee’s, the Bahama Mama is a ubiquitous cocktail that screams, "Vacation." Its origins are unknown, as is its official recipe. Some neon pink variations include banana liqueur and sour mix, but we prefer a more balanced mix of fresh juices and Caribbean spirits like Tia Maria coffee liqueur...