Painkiller Cocktail Recipe

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Painkiller Cocktail Recipe

It is one of the most popular tropical cocktails on the market. An original version of the cocktail was created in the British Virgin Islands in the 1970s at the Soggy Dollar Bar. The drink combines pineapple, orange, coconut, and rum with a fun pineapple flavor. Enjoy this summer drink after a day of fun on the beach or in the backyard. It’s a simple recipe and a tasty drink. Typically, the cocktail calls for some form of high-proof rum from the Caribbean islands: “navy-style” rum is often a blend of rums produced on each of the islands. It was developed by British sailors when the Royal Navy patrolled the seas, and sailors were allowed a daily ration of rum. The Painkiller is usually made with Pusser’s Original Admiralty Blend (Blue Label) rum, though any dark or navy rum will do just fine. Additionally, it is one of the drinks that might become very “hair of the dog”. The notion that it will help you when you’ve had a bad night may give you the impression that it can solve your hangover troubles (although it may just prolong the recovery process).

The History of the Painkiller

In the 1970s, the first Painkiller was created at the Soggy Dollar Bar. Hotspot owned by Daphne Henderson was located on the British Virgin Islands. Due to the lack of a dock on the beach, patrons were required to swim out to the shore, getting their money wet in the process. The name of the bar is derived from this. A famous cocktail on the islands was the Painkiller, the signature drink of the Soggy Dollar. There was a tight lid on the recipe. It’s said that Charles Tobias, who went on to found Pusser’s Rum in 1979, after becoming friends with Henderson, tried to figure out the recipe. Tobias recreated the drink almost exactly, although people at the Soggy Dollar liked his slightly less sweet version. Tobias trademarked the drink as Pusser’s Painkiller, and it became a hit. Immediately, the recipe spread, and we now see it in a large variety of tropical cocktails. A mix of Painkillers was served, drinkers enjoyed the concoction, and everything went smoothly. There were no bars in New York City called Painkiller until two well-known bartenders decided to open one. Although they served the same cocktail, they did not use Pusser’s as a mixer. The bartending community stepped up in support of the NYC establishment as the story unfolded in 2010 and 2011. A few boycotted the rum, and several chose to sell Painkillers instead of pusser’s. It’s an interesting case of who can “own” or trademark a cocktail recipe or name, even though the story of the Painkiller does not change its appeal. The Bacardi cocktail and the dark ‘n’ stormy have been the subject of similar arguments.

Recipe Variations

A variety of variations exist for this recipe, even though this is the most common. Adding 1 to 2 ounces of pineapple juice is preferred by some while adding more rum is preferred by others. Personal preference is important here, so you can mix it the way you like. Nonalcoholic drink mixers cream of coconut and coconut cream are both sweeter than each other. It will work with coconut milk sold in cartons, but it will not be as thick or rich as the other types.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Painkiller Cocktail Recipe is 7 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Painkiller Cocktail Recipe is 750 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Painkiller Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • Cocktail Shaker


  • Highball Glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • Two ounces of dark or navy rum
  • Pineapple juice four ounces
  • One ounce of orange juice and coconut cream
  • Pineapple wedge and grated nutmeg, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  • The ingredients need to be gathered.
  • Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut are mixed together in a cocktail shaker over ice.
  • Good shaking is recommended.
  • In a chilled highball glass filled with fresh ice, strain the Painkiller and garnish with a pineapple wedge.
  • Sprinkle the top with grated nutmeg.
  • Take care of yourself and have fun.

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