Painkiller Cocktail Recipe

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So the legend goes, the Painkiller cocktail was invented in the 1970’s in the British Virgin Islands at a bar called Soggy Dollar Bar. It was originally made with Pusser’s Rum, a type of rum made using the British Royal Navy recipe. The drink was trademarked in the 1980’s so that if it’s included on a menu, it should include the traditional Pusser’s Rum. Of course if you’re making it at home, you can use any type of aged or dark rum - we won't tell anyone!

Many rum cocktails use white rum or dark rum. But the Painkiller cocktail uses a whole other category of this liquor: aged rum or golden rum! Aging rum for a few years gives it a complex flavor. Golden rum can have notes of vanilla, coconut, almond, citrus, or caramel. The aged rum that we used here was Brugal Añejo Rum. Can’t find golden or aged rum or don’t have it on hand? You can substitute dark rum and the drink will work. You can also use white rum, but it’s not quite the same for this classic drink.

Serves: 1

Prep time: 3 Minutes

Nutrition: 280 Calories


  • 2 ounces dark or aged rum
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • Garnish: nutmeg, freshly grated
  • Garnish: pineapple wedge


    1. Add the rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream of coconut to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously but briefly to combine.

    2. Strain into a hurricane glass or snifter over crushed ice.

    3. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a pineapple wedge.

    4. Serve with a straw.

    Category: Drinks Cuisine: Cocktail

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