Rum • Sweet

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Though Pusser’s Rum trademarked the recipe in the early 1980s, the classic Painkiller formula was actually created in 1971 by Daphne Henderson, the owner of a tiny, six-seat swim-up bar called the Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands. Henderson kept the exact recipe for her sweet concoction a secret, but Pusser’s founder Charles Tobias (who begged Henderson for the recipe to no avail) was able to successfully deconstruct the drink. In fact, the bar’s patrons supposedly preferred his less sweet, so-called “superior” version. We like our Painkillers even drier than Tobias’s take, so we dialed back the juice and increased the rum. For us, it’s the seriously superior Painkiller.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Pineapple Juice
Cream of Coconut
The Details


2.5 oz Dark Rum
3 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Cream of Coconut
Pineapple and Orange


  • Add all of the ingredients except for the nutmeg into a cocktail shaker with ice and vigorously shake to thoroughly incorporate the coconut cream.
  • Strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  • Grate fresh nutmeg on top.

Mix it Up

For a sweeter, fruity Painkiller, use the official Pusser’s recipe of 4 oz of pineapple juice and 2 oz of rum. Pusser’s has trademarked their recipe and have been known to sue bars that opt to use a different dark rum. But as long as you aren’t going to sell your Painkillers for profit, go ahead and try a different bottling like Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum—we won’t tell if you won’t.

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