Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

Named for the Canadian-American pioneer of stage and screen, the Mary Pickford cocktail is a balanced-yet-boozy throwback to American Prohibition, and the lengths people would go to avoid that most heinous of laws. This concoction was created for Ms. Pickford in the 1920s by a bartender in Cuba, where she was vacationing with friends (including Charlie Chaplin) and generally thumbing her nose at the 18th Amendment. 

Pickford was what we would call a superstar today. Some say her fame was exceeded only by Chaplin's. But as the star of 52 features and one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Pickford's place in film history is secure.

Next time the Oscars rolls around, let's all raise a glass to Mary Pickford, the face that launched this delicious cocktail.

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. White Rum

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

.5 oz. Eli Mason Classic Grenadine

Barspoon of Maraschino Liqueur

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass.

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The Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

Like its namesake, this cocktail is light on its feet but also quite innovative. (Did you know that The Crosby Research Foundation held numerous patents related to TV and radio recording, including for the invention of the laugh track?) 

But don't let its bright demeanor fool you. This drink packs a punch. After one or two of these, you might find yourself crooning "White Christmas" with all the gusto of Der Bingle himself.

INGREDIENTS:

2oz Bourbon

1oz Classic Grenadine

.75oz Ginger Liqueur 

.75oz Fresh Lime Juice

.25oz Pimento Dram

Dash of Orange Bitters

Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries and orange peel.

PRO TIP: When rimming a glass, use our Rich Simple Syrup instead of water to really make those fat sugar grains stick. Spin any excess sugar into the sink.

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Jack Rose

Jack Rose

What do you mean you've never had a Jack Rose? Today is your day. Step one is to track down some AppleJack. It will be worth it.

The internet is awash in discussions about the name of this classic cocktail (Rose color? AppleJack?) and what distinguishes AppleJack from Apple Brandy (fractional distillation?), but Eli is here to tell you how to get the most out of this straightforward sour with ingredients you have readily at hand.

The base spirit AppleJack has a long history in the United States. Something something George Washington. Something something Abraham Lincoln. (In truth, it is a fascinating history, worth a read.) 

If you're buying AppleJack in the US, you're probably buying Laird's. They make several varieties. The most readily available is called simply Applejack (A Smooth Blend) and comprises 35% Apple Brandy mixed with 65% grain neutral spirits. It comes in at 80 proof and has a light apple flavor. Expect to spend $20 for 750mL.

The variety you really want is called Straight Bonded "Apple Jack" Brandy. It's bottled at 100 proof and looks like the bottle at right. You'll drop around $30 for 750mL.

But don't stress. If you can't find the fancy bonded type, the smooth blend will suffice.

Popular recipes alternate between using fresh lemon or fresh lime as the souring agent. Eli splits the difference with a bit of each but, as always, encourages you to find your own approach to this great old drink.

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. AppleJack (full pour, no skimping)

.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz. Eli Mason Classic Grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice and shake for 10-15 seconds, straining into a chilled glass. Then toast our founding fathers and their prodigious thirst.

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Margarita Grenada

Margarita Grenada

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. Tequila (blanco)

1.5 oz. Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice

1 oz. Eli Mason Classic Grenadine

1 oz. Grapefruit Schnapps -or- Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1-2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters (optional) 

Combine all ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into a glass rimmed with kosher salt and garnish with lime.

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Azalea

Azalea

Between the floral gin and the beautiful deep color, the Azalea cocktail might be the perfect Spring drink. It's bright and tart but also surprisingly strong. The choice of glassware is all yours and you can even substitute lime for lemon or find a balance of both. It's not even out of bounds to get your pineapple juice from a can.

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. Gin

1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

0.5 oz. Eli Mason Classic Grenadine

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and garnish with lemon, lime, or pineapple.

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