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Best Painkiller Drink Recipe

Straight from the Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands, here is our favorite way to make this classic cocktail.

Updated:

September 15, 2022

Can’t make it to the famed Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands to enjoy a true Painkiller drink? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Our Painkiller recipe comes straight from the Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke so you can make your own, true-as-it-gets Painkiller to relax in a hammock on your front porch or perhaps sunbathing poolside.

It’s a bright drink with vibrant fruit flavors and colors that’s meant to be celebrated and consumed on a hot, sunny day. Don’t worry: The convenience of concocting these cocktails from home means you have the option of either staying dry or getting in the spirit of Soggy Dollar Beach by getting wet. Then, you can find your in-home bartender and pay with a soggy dollar bill, as the namesake bar suggests.

Where did the Painkiller originate?

As the name suggests, the Soggy Dollar Bar earned its keep from patrons who would swim to the bar and pay with soggy bills. They did so on the island of Jost Van Dyke, an island with a population smaller than 400 people. The Soggy Dollar Bar, however, is not just there to accommodate guests who want to enjoy a Painkiller after a relaxing day in the water; there’s also food.

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Try everything from filet mignon kabobs, Soggy’s famous conch fritters, coconut shrimp, crab cakes and lobster rolls, among many other items — and those are just some of the appetizers.

Want to take a piece of the island home with you? Check out the Soggy Dollar’s boutique. Not able to make it out to the BVIs? You can shop their goods, including Soggy Dollar Rum, online, too.

the Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands
The legendary Soggy Dollar Bar. Zach Stovall

Painkiller Drink Recipe

  • 2-4 oz. of Pusser’s Rum
  • 4 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. cream of coconut
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • Grated fresh nutmeg

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add first four ingredients and shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over ice and top with grated nutmeg.

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Serves 1-2

Step 1:

the bartender adds the Pusser's Rum, two to four ounces depending on the generosity of the pour.
It’s only authentic if you pour it like the bartenders suggest. Zach Stovall

First, the bartender adds the Pusser’s Rum, two to four ounces depending on the generosity of the pour.

Optional Ingredient:

Is that mango rum? Yes it is. To each his or her own.

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Step 2:

the bartender adds ingredients to the painkiller cocktail
Feel free to tinker with the measurements for personal taste. Zach Stovall

Next, add pineapple juice (four ounces), cream of coconut (one ounce) and orange juice (one ounce).

Step 3:

Bartender grates nutmeg over cocktail
Top it off with a little extra flavor. Zach Stovall

Top with grated fresh nutmeg, vigorously grated with oomph.

Step 4:

Couple lying on a hammock on the beach
A painkiller with a view. Zach Stovall

The most important step: Enjoy your Painkiller drink in a hammock, preferably alongside a fellow Caribbean beach bum. Does the resulting painkiller drink actually kill pain or increase it? That’s up to you.

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