WHAT’S IN a Painkiller DRINK?
This iconic cocktail has become famous across the globe. It’s cool and refreshing. The warmth of the rum combines perfectly with the sweet cool flavors of pineapple and orange juice. Add a bit of coconut and nutmeg to round out the taste in this famous tropical drink. No wonder it’s arguably the most asked for cocktail in the Virgin Islands!
The ingredients were a closely held secret. But it didn’t take long for someone* [ read The Story of the Painkiller – below ] to reverse engineering the original. So, here’s how you make a Painkiller like they do at the Soggy Dollar Bar.
Ingredients in a Painkiller:
- 2 oz. of Pusser’s Rum
- 4 oz. Pineapple juice
- 1 oz Orange juice
- 1 oz Cream of coconut
- Top with fresh grated Grenadian nutmeg
Pour the Pusser’s Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream of coconut into a large cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to mix ingredients. Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in the rum and juice mix. Top with fresh grated nutmeg. And get ready to make another one!
Bump up the “cool” factor by doubling the ingredients above and dropping them in a blender! Hit blend/grind until it’s a thick icy consistency. Pour into two tall glass. Garnish with fresh ground nutmeg and serve!
The Story of the Painkiller
It all started at the Soggy Dollar Bar Web Cam on the island of Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. There, Daphne Henderson created the first Painkiller and served them to the mostly boating crowd that came to White Bay. These same patrons would spread the word – making the Painkiller famous across the Caribbean.
One day Charles Tobias, founder of Pusser’s Rum paid a visit to the Soggy Dollar. He’d heard of the now famous Painkiller. And he was curious about its ingredients. He made fast friends with Daphne Henderson. But try as he might she wouldn’t divulge the ingredients to him!
Not to be deterred, Tobias pirated a Painkiller to his boat. Back at his home on Tortola, he began the trial-and-error process to uncover the ingredients and proportions. In the end he discovered it worked out to a 4-1-1-1 ratio of Pusser’s Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream of coconut. Though his version is reputed to be discernibly different from the Soggy Dollar’s Painkiller – these ingredients and proportions are widely accepted as “the” way to make a Painkiller drink.