Painkiller Cocktail

A creamy, spiced drink from the British Virgin Islands delivers those much-needed vacation vibes, any time of year.

Painkiller Cocktail
Freshly grated nutmeg from Grenada gives this classic Caribbean cocktail its signature spicy aroma.Jenny Huang

Very boozy and very well-shaken, this British Virgin Island classic gets a creamy frothy head similar to a flip or fizz from the addition of sweetened cream of coconut. While Pusser’s Rum trademarked the name in the 1990s, it was the iconic Soggy Dollar bar on Jost Van Dyke that invented the Painkiller in 1970. Pusser’s rum is a non-negotiable in the drink today; for the best results, look for their “Gunpowder Proof” (black label) bottle.

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Equipment

Painkiller Cocktail
Coconut, citrus, and pineapple are the base for this classic rum cocktail, invented in the British Virgin Islands at the iconic Soggy Dollar Bar.
Yield: makes 1 drink
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • 3 oz. Pusser’s dark rum
  • 1 oz. cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez
  • 1 oz. fresh orange juice
  • Lemon wedge
  • Lime wedge
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the pineapple juice, rum, cream of coconut, and orange juice. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into the shaker, then add them too. Shake until chilled and frothy, 20-30 seconds. Pour into a chilled collins or rocks glass, garnish with freshly grated nutmeg, and serve immediately.
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