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Soggy Dollar Painkiller Drink Recipe from British Virgin Islands

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The Soggy Dollar Painkiller drink recipe is a rum, pineapple, orange and coconut tropical drink and a must-have cocktail when visiting the British Virgin Islands (BVIs). It’s a tangy and refreshing cocktail that is easy to make at home too. If you love a taste of the tropics, then this Painkiller drink recipe is exactly what you need!

Painkiller Drink garnished with pineapple slide with tropical blue towel background.

Painkiller Drink made famous by the Soggy Dollar Bar and Pusser’s Rum.

 

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 found my personal favorite.

Soggy Dollar 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 Daphne Henderson at the Soggy Dollar Bar in the BVI’s.

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 they have to swim ashore arriving with wet dollar bills, thus the term “soggy dollar!”

Charles Tobias loved the Soggy Dollar’s Painkiller drink 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 founder of Pusser’s Rum, which is now the official choice of rum used in the Painkiller drink recipe. It’s a dark rum with unique spices and flavorings and it’s the secret recipe ingredient. The Soggy Dollar Painkiller doesn’t taste quite the same without it!

 

Painkiller Drink with Pineapple Wedge Garnish sitting on kitchen couner with tropical blue fabric background

 

Painkiller Recipes in the BVI’s

My first sample was served to me by a smiling young lady in a beach bar at Jolly Beach on the island of Antigua. Sandra’s beach bar is a fun spot practically on the beach and the drinks are reasonably priced.

As for the Painkiller, not a bad first experience. It was a good cocktail, but the next day brought two different places to indulge.

Painkiller-Recipe

 

First, I tried a Painkiller at the world famous Foxy’s bar then hopped in a taxi to try the Painkiller drinks at the spot where it all began – the Soggy Dollar Bar. If visiting Jost isn’t on your bucket list, I would add it. The beach, the view and the drinks at White Bay (where the Soggy Dollar Bar is located) is well worth the trip.

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.

At this point, the Soggy Dollar Bar Painkiller drink recipe is at the top of my list!

Painkiller Drink Recipe

The Soggy Dollar Bar where the Painkiller Cocktail originated.

 

My final Painkiller cocktail taste test was at the bar at Pusser’s Landing on the island of Tortola.

Here they marketed the “Level of Painkilling” in their Painkiller cocktails. 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 drink was my favorite. It was the best painkiller drink recipe in all my taste testing.

The in the main drink recipe is the same, but I believe they increased the amount of coconut cream and it harmonized with my taste buds!

How to Make a Painkiller Drink

Let’s get to making this popular mixed rum drink. Here’s the Soggy Dollar Painkiller recipe and if you add a little extra cream of coconut, I believe it’s even better. Grab your cocktail shaker! 

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Best Painkiller Drink Recipe:

  • 2 ounces Pusser’s rum
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • Garnish with Nutmeg and a pineapple slice

Tip: Increase the amount of cream of coconut by another 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce for a little more flavor and texture. I personally think it makes a big difference! Since you’re making this at home, feel free to play with it to make your own recipe.

Painkiller Drink Ingredients: Bottle of Pusser's rum, can of pineapple juice, coco lopez and orange juice and nutmeg spice.

Painkiller cocktail ingredients

 

Directions:

Mixing this Painkiller drink recipe is easy!

  1. Simply combine all ingredients, except nutmeg, in a cocktail shaker and give it a gentle shake. If you don’t have or want to use a shaker, you can stir all the ingredients together, just make sure it is well mixed, especially the cream of coconut.
  2. Pour over ice
  3. Top with a dusting of grated nutmeg.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple slice.

Invite over your good friends and enjoy a classic taste of the BVIs!

Painkiller drink up close

This Soggy Dollar Painkiller recipe is refreshing, simple and delicious. With an extra splash, it’s the best Painkiller drink recipe! Cheers!

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Best Painkiller Drink Recipe from the British Virgin Islands

Best Painkiller Drink Recipe from the British Virgin Islands

The Soggy Dollar Painkiller drink recipe is a rum, pineapple, orange and coconut tropical drink and a must-have cocktail when visiting the British Virgin Islands. It's a tangy and refreshing cocktail easy to make at home too. If you love a taste of the tropics, then this Painkiller drink recipe is exactly what you need!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Pusser's rum
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • Garnish with Nutmeg and a pineapple slice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except nutmeg, in a cocktail shaker and give it a gentle shake.
  2. Pour over ice.
  3. Top with a dusting a grated nutmeg.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple slice.

Notes

Tip: Increase the amount of cream of coconut another 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce for a little more flavor and texture. I personally think it makes a big difference! Drink Responsibly.

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Joe Piteo

Wednesday 26th of August 2015

A drink I can use!

Barbara

Saturday 25th of April 2015

Great recipe! Ready to try it tonight!

Terri Jo

Friday 24th of April 2015

True dat

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