Flamingo and Mary Pickford

Now we explore two so similar cocktails of Prohibition Era. The Flamingo Cocktail and the Mary Pickford Cocktail. Both of this cocktails are so rare and hard to find in popular cocktails book. Both has similar composition with rum and pineapple with hint of fresh lime (Flamingo) or maraschino liqueur (Mary Pickford). Both has beatiful foam as a garnish.

Dale DeGroff suppose that cocktail Flamingo was created by famous Constante Ribalagua – owner and barman of La Floridita, Havana. The gold age of this and another cuban bar was at Prohibition. I use recipe of Flamingo Cocktail from The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff.

The Flamingo Cocktail (Коктейль Фламинго)


35 ml light rum
35 ml pineapple juice
1 tsp. grenadine
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
Shake. Pour into cocktail glass.

The Flamingo Cocktail has smooth and light fruit cocktail with great rum palate. My favorite white rum – Havana Club Anejo Blanco – work extremely well in this cocktail.

The Mary Pickford Cocktail has so similar composition with maraschino liqueur instead lime juice. Dale DeGroff suppose that Mary Pickford Cocktail was invented also Constante Ribalagua but another sources report that Mary Pickford Cocktail was invented by another cuban barman – Eddie Woelke (the creator of famous El Presedente Cocktail). This cocktail created for first Hollywood superstar – Mary Pickford.

First mention of the Mary Pickford Cocktail is in Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddoc (1930) but I use version from Cocktails and Mixed Drinks by Anthony Hogg.

The Mary Pickford Cocktail (Коктейль Мери Пикфорд)

Mary Pickford

35 ml white rum
35 ml pineapple juice
1 tsp maraschino liqueur
1 tsp grenadine
Shake and strain in the cocktail glass.

Wow! The Mary Pickford Cocktail is awesome drink. It is one of the best cocktail that I drink!

Dale DeGroff also specify another recipe of Mary Pickford Cocktail – “the Flamingo Cocktail plus orange curacao”. It is worth to try.

The Mary Pickford Cocktail with baby pineapple (Коктейль Мери Пикфорд с карликовым ананасом)

Mary Pickford #2

35 ml white rum
35 ml pineapple juice
1 tsp orange curacao
1 tsp grenadine
1 tsp fresh lime juice
Shake and strain in the cocktail glass.

This version of Mary Pickford Cocktail has well-balanced smooth taste with pleasant fruit and citrus taste with great rum palate. Great drink for hot summer evening. By the way, best orange liqueur for this cocktail in my opinion is Cointreau.

MxMo XLVII: Punch – Gin Punch

This MxMo hoster is Mike at Hobson’s Choice. He propose so interesting and so wide theme for this MxMo – Punch. I think that any so big cocktail with many ingredients is appropriate. Some times ago I found one interesting mixed drink in one of my cocktail book – Imbibe! by D. Wondrich. It is Gin Punch. This old and rare cocktail come into my notice with one uncommon ingredient – the Holland Gin. The recipe from Imbibe! by D. Wondrich looks like that:

The Gin Punch garnished with orange wedges and raspberry (Коктейль Пунш из Джина украшенный ягодами и апельсиновыми дольками)


Fill the tumbler with shaved ice.
Shake well, and ornament the top with berries in season.
Sip through a glass tube or straw.

My first interpretation of this recipe include dutch gin (genever, geneva) – Jonge Bols Graanjenever (or Plymouth Gin, or London Dry Gin as D. Wondrich specified). I use berry grenadine by Routin instead raspberry syrup. I decrease a quntity of sugar for 2 little bar-spoon and use 1 oz of fresh-pressed lemon juice:

Gin Punch with fruit and berry garnish (Коктейль Пунш из джина украшенный фруктами и ягодами)

Gin Punch

15 ml raspberry syrup
2 tsp. sugar powder
60 ml water
90 ml Holland gin (genever) / Plymouth gin / London dry gin
30 ml fresh pressed lemon juice
2 dash maraschino liqueur
2 slices of orange
1 piece of pineapple
a few berries
Shake all ingredients (except fruits) with a lot of ice. Pour into tumbler with shaved or crushed ice and garnish with fruit and berries. Serve with a straw.

The Gin Punch in this version is admirable drink. It has very smooth sweet and sour taste with berry and fruit palate. The best results I obtain with genever and Plymouth gin. This mixed drink is so similar to Fraises Fizz.

Original Gin Punch (Оригинальный Пунш из Джина)

Also I try version with raspberry syrup. In original version the Gin Punch is amazing drink. It has very interesting taste with main palate of gin with pleasant raspberry note. It is not so sweet as version with berry grenadine. It is good-balanced light and refreshing drink.


I’ve posted about the Martinez Cocktail on my blog before, but I decided to return to this cocktail for detailed investigation. The Martinez Cocktail is one of my favorite classic cocktails.

The Martinez Cocktail is a very old cocktail. Some peoples think that the Martinez is the precursor of the most famous cocktail of the world – The Martini Cocktail. The author of the Martinez Cocktail is legendary Jerry ‘Professor’ Thomas.

Some imbibers-bloggers pay attention for this cocktail too. You can find more interesting information about Martinez on the one of my favorite blog Oh, Gosh! (by Jay Hapburn) and, of course, on wonderful Spirits And Cocktails (by Jamie Boudreau).

First I’ve discovered an old-style version of the Martinez Cocktail, which is closer to the original recipe by Jerry Thomas.

Martinez Cocktail in an antique crystal glass

Martinez (Old Style)

60 ml sweet vermouth
30 ml gin (Old Tom gin is preferable)
1 tsp maraschino liqueur
1 dash bitters
Stir. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a quarter of lemon wheel.

It’s an amazing cocktail with right and elegant taste. It is a little weak as for my taste, but rich complex taste of this version is very good for me.

Next step of my investigation is the recipe of the Martinez from the CocktailDB. In that Martinez we can try an orange curacao as substitute of a maraschino liqueur and a dry vermouth instead the sweet.

Martinez Cocktail garnished with a cocktail cherry

Martinez (Dry Style)

35 ml gin
30 ml dry vermouth
7 ml orange curacao (or maraschino liqueur)
1 dash orange bitters
Stir. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

This Martinez is pretty close to the Martini Cocktail. It has so dry, aromatic taste (I use MB Orange Curacao 30%). This cocktail is a very good aperitif, but this version is still not my choice.

This version of the Martinez but with maraschino liqueur has beautiful light sweet aromatic taste with a lot of floral undertones. This palate is more preferable for my understanding of the Martinez Cocktail.

And of course I’ve tried a modern version of the Martinez Cocktail by Jamie Boudreau. It is one of my favorite cocktails.

Perfect Martinez Cocktail

Martinez (Modern style)

45 ml gin
45 ml sweet vermouth
2 tsp maraschino liqueur
2 dash orange bitters
Stir. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon slice.

Undoubtedly it’s a magnificent cocktail! It’s a smooth and very aromatic drink. Sometimes I use Angostura aromatic bitters instead orange bitters, and, in my opinion, it works well.

And finally I’ve tried my own version of this classic cocktail. I like to use a sweet citrus vermouth by Cinzano in my Martinez.

Beauty Martinez Cocktail garnished with a lime wedge

My Martinez

35 ml gin
35 ml sweet citrus vermouth (I prefer Cinzano Limetto)
2 tsp maraschino liqueur
2 dash Angostura bitter
Stir. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon slice.

It is a beautiful cocktail with smooth aromatic citrus taste.