Painkiller Cocktail Recipe


The Painkiller is a cocktail with Pusser’s rum. Traditionally, dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and coconut syrup are mixed first, then shaved ice is added and finally some nutmeg is rubbed on it. The Painkiller is the official cocktail of the British Virgin Islands. It was invented in the 1970s at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke Island.


  • 15 ml/ ½ oz. orange juice
  • 15 ml/ ½ oz. cream of coconut
  • 60 ml/ 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • for Painkiller #2: 30 ml/ 1 oz. Pusser’s Rum
  • for Painkiller #3: 45 ml/ 1 ½ oz. Pusser’s Rum
  • for Painkiller #4: 60 ml/ 2 oz. Pusser’s Rum
  • crushed ice


  1. Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into highball glass filled with crushed ice.
  3. Sprinkle with fresh ground nutmeg.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge.


The name of the Soggy Dollar Bar comes from the fact that there is no dock and you can only get there by swimming, so the dollars get wet on the way. Owner Daphne Henderson had the cocktail with Pusser’s rum on her menu and Pusser’s founder Charles Tobias thought the cocktail was so good that he later adopted it. The Painkiller Signature Drink from Pusser’s is now known around the world.


  1. Pusser’s rum | USA | UK | Germany
  2. Coconut syrup | USA* | UK* | Germany*
  3. Glasses | USA* | UK* | Germany*

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