Painkiller Recipe

Let's start the weekend right--with a cocktail recipe from Paul Clarke (The Cocktail Chronicles). Need more than one? Hit up the archives. Cheers!

It's looking like a rum kind of weekend. This week had us brushing up against the 90s in the Pacific Northwest, and parts of the East Coast are being soaked by a tropical-ish deluge. In case more reasons were needed to justify breaking out the tall glasses and tiki mugs, this week brought news that rum expert and former Forbidden Island co-owner Martin Cate plans to open a new rum-oriented bar, called Smuggler's Cove, in San Francisco in November—the location hasn't yet been announced, but there's already a line forming, somewhere.

To top it all, in last weekend's San Francisco Chronicle, Gary Regan featured a recipe for one of the more knee-shaking drinks in the cane spirits canon: the Painkiller. Created at a bar in the British Virgin Islands, the Painkiller takes its firepower from Pusser's rum—a dark, funky, rich-flavored rum that was once a staple of British naval rations. Pusser's can be an intimidating rum to try on its own. Fortunately the Painkiller softens the blow with pineapple, orange and coconut cream, making this a heartier and somewhat more muscular relative of the Pina Colada.

Yes, it's kinda fruity, and yes, you're venturing into umbrella-drink territory; but we're at the dawn of summer—it's okay to put on your flowered shirt and relax a little bit. A Painkiller can help you shake out whatever winter stiffness remains, and prepare you for the long, hot months ahead.

Recipe Details

Painkiller Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 3 ounces Pusser’s Rum*

  • 2 1/2 ounces pineapple juice

  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice

  • 1 1/2 ounces Coco Lopez coconut cream


  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice. Strain into a tall glass or—what the hell—a tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Dust the top with nutmeg, spear with a straw and garnish with a pineapple stick, an orange wheel, and/or a cinnamon stick.

  2. Just can’t find Pusser’s, or don’t feel like buying it just for this drink? Well, if you must substitute, go with another rich, dark, heavy rum like Gosling’s, but keep in mind that it just won’t be quite the same thing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
452 Calories
9g Fat
44g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 452
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 40g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 50mg 249%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 223mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)