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Painkiller (cocktail)

Painkiller (cocktail)

A Painkiller is a rum cocktail whose name is trademarked by Pusser's Rum Ltd. It is their signature drink. It is often associated with the British Virgin Islands, its place of origin. The Painkiller is a blend of rum with 4 parts pineapple juice, 1 part cream of coconut and 1 part orange juice, well shaken and served on the rocks with a generous amount of fresh grated nutmeg on top. One serving may be made with two, three, or four ounces of rum.


The original Painkiller was created in the 1970s at the Soggy Dollar Bar at White Bay on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. The inventor may have been Daphne Henderson, or George and Marie Myrick, previous owners of the Soggy Dollar. It was originally made using Cruzan Rum.

In 1989, Pusser's Rum Ltd. filed a US trademark on the Painkiller's name and recipe. When a Tiki bar named Painkiller opened in the Lower East Side of New York City in May of 2011, Pusser's sent a cease and desist order to owners Giuseppe Gonzalez and Richard Boccato, both for the bar's name and for selling Painkiller cocktails made with rums other than Pusser's. Gonzalez and Boccato reached an out-of-court settlement with Pusser's, which included them renaming the bar to PKNY. In response to the news, numerous bartenders organized a boycott against Pusser's Rum.

See also

  • List of cocktails
  • Dark 'N' Stormy
  • Sazerac
  • Hand Grenade


External links

  • Pusser's Painkiller: Official Site
  • The History of The Pusser's Painkiller™

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