This Painkiller Cocktail recipe is just what the doctor ordered – a delightful combination of rum, fresh pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and orange juice to kiss your ailments goodbye.
This cocktail recipe feels like a tropical vacation in every sip, like a Coconut Mojito or Pineapple Margarita. If you're looking for a classic tiki drink that will take your taste buds on a Caribbean adventure with its fresh, fruity flavors, this Painkiller Cocktail recipe is for you!
What Is a Painkiller Cocktail?
The Painkiller Cocktail originates from the British Virgin Islands in the early 1970s. This tropical drink is similar to a piña colada as it includes tropical flavors like pineapple and coconut, but it's made with dark rum instead of white rum. And, if you want a true Painkiller drink, make it with Pusser's Dark Rum. Pusser's Rum was created to model the original Navy Rum that British Royal Navy soldiers were provided until 1970.
What You Need to Make This Fruity Cocktail
- Dark Rum – Or Pussers's Rum or Navy Rum if you can find it.
- Pineapple Juice – Canned pineapple juice works fine.
- Cream of Coconut – Coco Lopez and Goya are some great options.
- Orange Juice – Use your favorite brand.
- Grated Fresh Nutmeg – You can use ground nutmeg instead if you can't find whole nutmeg.
How to Make a Tropical Painkiller Cocktail
Combine rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glasses. Top each cocktail glass with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg and serve.
What to Serve With a Painkiller Drink
If you're looking for some tropical bites to serve alongside your Painkillers, try these Huli-Huli Chicken Bites as an appetizer!
- Make a round of painkillers for everyone to enjoy by multiplying the recipe by the number of people you're serving.
- Add a pineapple wedge for even more vacay vibes.
- Use a microplane to freshly grate the nutmeg on top of your drink.
Pusser's Rum is known as a navy-style rum, which means it has a higher proof content that will knock your socks off. Also, Pusser's Rum is a blend of rums and contains no artificial ingredients or flavors, unlike other rums. As for the flavor profile, Pusser's Rum is spicy with notes of tobacco, clove, and nutmeg, making it the perfect alcohol for this Painkiller drink recipe.
A Painkiller Cocktail is similar in taste to a Pina Colada but with a spicier feel from the dark rum and nutmeg! It's the perfect drink for those who want a similar taste to a Pina Colada but also like a depth of flavor.
Coconut cream is very thick and unsweetened. It's most commonly used for curry and other more savory food dishes. Cream of coconut, on the other hand, is more like a sweet syrup used in cocktails to give them that tropical coconut flavor. Cream of coconut can usually be found in the cocktail aisle of the grocery store or at the liquor store by the syrups.
Yes! Although the traditional version of the Painkiller uses Pusser's Rum, you can use another type of dark rum, like Jamaican rum.
More Tropical Cocktail Recipes to Try
This ultimate Caribbean cocktail is waiting to transport you to white sand beaches from the first sip. If you try this recipe, please rate the recipe card and leave a comment below to help out the next reader!
- 4 oz of dark rum (Pussers/Navy Rum if you can find it)
- 4 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz cream of coconut
- 1 oz orange juice
- Grated fresh nutmeg
Combine rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into glasses.
Top each glass with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg and serve.