On a recent (and fantastic) trip in the British Virgin Islands, I was on a personal quest. I’ve heard about the Painkiller cocktail and how the delicious concoction’s potency can sneak up on the person drinking it.
After sampling four different Painkiller drink recipes on three different islands, I came up with my personal favorite.
Painkiller Drink History
First of all, a bit of libation history. The classic Painkiller drink is made with Pusser’s Rum and the birth of the drink is attributed to the Soggy Dollar Bar on White Beach in Jost Van Dyke.
If you’ve been there, you know many of the patrons come by boat and anchor just off the beach. To get to the bar, many swim ashore, thus the term “soggy dollar!”
Charles Tobias loved the Soggy Dollar’s recipe and managed to get a sample back to his boat to attempt to come up with his own version. Charles happened to be the creator of Pusser’s Rum, which is the choice of rum used in the Painkiller recipe.
Painkiller Recipes B.V.I.
My first sample was served to me by a smiling young lady in a beach bar at Jolly Beach on the island of Antigua. Not a bad first experience, but the next day brought two different places to indulge.
On Jost Van Dyke, I tried a Painkiller at Foxy’s and also where it all began – the Soggy Dollar Bar. At the Soggy Dollar, I was amazed to watch the bartender make Painkillers in an assembly line, finishing with a flourish of freshly grated nutmeg.
My final Painkiller sample was at the bar at Pusser’s Landing on the island of Tortola. Here they marketed the “level of Painkilling” = Two ounces of rum begins to dull the pain, three ounces starts a deadening effect and four ounces of rum is total anesthesia! And this Painkiller was my favorite – I believe they increased the amount of cream of coconut and it harmonized with my taste buds!
Best Painkiller Drink Recipe:
2 ounces rum, preferably Pusser’s
4 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce cream of coconut (add a little more if you like a creamier taste)
Combine ingredients with a gentle shake. Pour over ice, top with a dusting a grated nutmeg and enjoy a classic taste of the islands!