If you’re looking for a delicious and refreshing cocktail to help you unwind after a long day, look no further than the Painkiller. Thanks to its creamy texture, fruity flavor, and potent kick, this tropical drink has been a favorite of USVI visitors, beach-goers, and cocktail enthusiasts for decades.

The History of the Painkiller

The Painkiller was first created in the 1970s at the Soggy Dollar Bar in Jost Van Dyke, a small island in the British Virgin Islands. Legend has it that the drink was initially concocted to help soothe the hangovers of the bar’s patrons, and it quickly became a local favorite. Today, the Painkiller can be found on the menu of every bar in the USVI and BVIs, plus many bars and restaurants worldwide. It’s easy to see why.

The drink’s signature ingredient is Pusser’s Rum, a navy-style rum that is both rich and complex. To make a Painkiller, you’ll also need pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, and nutmeg. The ingredients are typically combined in a shaker with ice and then strained into a glass over more ice. The finished drink is then garnished with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

The resulting cocktail is a creamy, fruity, slightly spicy concoction perfect for sipping on a warm summer day. The nutmeg adds a hint of warmth and complexity to the drink, while the cream of coconut gives it a smooth and luxurious texture. The combination of pineapple and orange juice adds a refreshing sweetness that balances out the richness of the rum and cream.

One of the best things about the Painkiller is it is highly customizable. Some variations of the drink call for different types of rum or different ratios of the ingredients, so you can experiment until you find the perfect recipe for your tastes. Additionally, the drink can be scaled up or down depending on how many people you serve. As a result, it’s a versatile and adaptable cocktail that can be enjoyed in various settings, from a backyard barbecue to a swanky rooftop bar.

So, what I’m saying is if you’re looking for a delicious and refreshing cocktail that will transport you to a tropical paradise with just one sip, try the Painkiller. Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or a curious beginner, this drink is sure to satisfy. So grab your shaker, some ice, and your favorite rum, and get ready to mix up a batch of the Painkiller. Cheers!

Here’s a recipe for a classic Painkiller:


  • 2 oz Pusser’s Rum (or your rum of choice! This is where you can adapt to a Nilla Killa – Vanilla Rum, Coconut Killer – Coconut Rum, or even Spiced PK – Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum)
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz cream of coconut
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pineapple wedge and/or orange slice (optional, for garnish)


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the ingredients are well combined and chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Add a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg (the more, the better, in my opinion).
  6. Garnish a pineapple wedge and/or orange slice, if desired.

Enjoy your delicious and refreshing Painkiller! Better yet, come to the Virgin Islands and drink one while looking at tropical views.

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