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Created in the 1970s at the Soggy Dollar Bar on the British Virgin Islands, the Painkiller is a rich and delicious cocktail that goes down well no matter where you are. With its exotic, fruity taste, it reminds the drinker of sun, summer and vacations at the beach, and is a spin on the classic Piña Colada. As the name suggests, the mixture of rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream of coconut is sure to make you forget whatever ails you.


Painkiller Cocktail Recipe

The cocktail contains a type of dark rum that’s a recreation of what the British Royal Navy used to serve sailors until the 1970s. Called Pusser’s Rum, it is blended directly on the British Virgin Island of Tortula at the same Admiralty strength and including the same proportions as the original drink. Its distinct aroma contains traces of molasses, toffee, honey, ginger and even cinnamon.


To achieve a refreshing taste, several fruit juices are added: usually orange, pineapple and coconut flavored. For best results, try to obtain freshly squeezed orange juice and add a fresh pineapple wedge. The traditional drink also comes with grated nutmeg.


Painkiller History and Marketing

Pusser’s Rum was created using the Admiralty’s blending recipe and is bottled at 54.5% abv, although it now often only contains 40% abv so that it can be distributed to Naval bases. In the 1980s, the Pusser company trademarked the cocktail, ensuring that it contains original Pusser’s Rum when it is served in restaurants or bars. Although you can use a different ingredient, the rich and aromatic taste blended with the fresh juices won’t be quite the same.


Whether you’re on a sunny vacation or just dreaming of one, this drink is easy to make and delicious to drink. If you need a potent refreshment, you can’t do much better.


How To Make It

First, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients at hand. In addition to this list, don’t forget the ice.

The Painkiller Cocktail

As the name suggests, the mixture of rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream of coconut is sure to make you forget whatever ails you. The cocktail is very easy to make and only requires five steps. It should have a cheerful yellow color and be served fresh and chilled for the best result.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Cocktails, Rum, Tropical Drinks
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 1
Author My Bartender


  • 2 Ounces Rum
  • 4 Ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Ounce Cream of Coconut
  • 1 Pineapple wedge Garnish
  • Nutmeg to Taste


  • Begin by adding all of the liquids to your shaker, combining them with ice, and shaking until you have a well-chilled mixture
  • Strain your drink over the crushed ice into a hurricane glass or snifter
  • Garnish it with the pineapple wedge
  • Grate the nutmeg if necessary, then sprinkle it on top
  • Serve your finished drink with a straw and enjoy the delicious refreshment


Made with the rich and aromatic Pusser’s Rum, you can’t go wrong with this exotic cocktail created on the British Virgin Islands. Whether you enjoy your drink at home in your backyard or on your tropical vacation, the Painkiller cocktail is sure to cool you down and wash your worries away.

Written by My Bartender

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