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The Painkiller


To start posting about some more fun things (it can’t be all upgrades and repairs) I thought I would add some cocktail recipes.  While this one is tagged in the category “Sundowner” it’s actually more of a “Sunupper”.  The perfect morning drink for having friends over for breakfast before going for a sail.

So this Sunday I made a pitcher of Painkillers.  A great tropical fruity drink that is claimed to have been invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.  My Bride and I were first introduced to this drink on a cruise from St. Thomas to the BVIs shortly after we were married in April of 2002.  Since then we have enjoyed them in many places, including the Soggy Dollar Bar.

Enjoying some Painkillers in the waters of White Bay in front of the Soggy Dollar Bar with some newly acquired friends

Enjoying some Painkillers in the waters of White Bay in front of the Soggy Dollar Bar with some newly acquired friends

But don’t be mistaken by this sweat mix, these can creep up on you very quick.


Our friend Chris after at least 7 Painkillers at the Soggy Dollar

For the ingredients you will need some orange juice, pineapple juice, cream de coconut, rum, nutmeg (fresh, whole nutmeg that you grate yourself is preferred) and ice.  The ratios for the mix are a bit disputed.  Pusser’s Rum, a great rum for making painkillers and staple of the BVIs, claims you put 2 ounces of rum, 4 ounces of pineapple juice, 1 ounce of orange juice and 1 ounce of cream de coconut.  The founder of Pusser’s, Chales Tobias, claims to have stolen this from Daphne Henderson, owner of the Soggy Dollar and inventor of the painkiller.  However I think the 4-1-1 ratio is off.  Others claim a 1-1-1 ratio is correct.  It took me a lot of experimenting to get my ratio down (I know, such tough, unrewarding work) but I think I have it just about perfect.

I prefer to make the non-alcoholic portion of the mix separate from the rum.  I do this in the ratio of 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part cream de coconut and 2 parts orange juice.  Then you can decide how strong you want to make your painkillers for each person.  My Bride prefers hers with about one and half ounces of rum while I like mine with about 4 ounces of rum.  But to me, rum choice makes a big difference.  My first choice is Pusser’s, but I don’t like this rum for other cocktails so I don’t typically have this one on the boat.  Other good choices include Captain Morgan Black (I only use about 2 ounces of this rum) or Cruzan Spiced Rum.  Once you are mixed, top it off with some nutmeg and you have a perfect cocktail for a warm day on the water.


Two painkillers made to start off Sunday morning this week. These are made with about 1.5 ounces of Cruzan Spiced Rum

Now go sailing!


I took this photo while letting the autopilot steer in light wind with the panorama feature on my iPhone




8 thoughts on “The Painkiller

  1. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing…per the Captain’s reaction, I suspect this little recipe will see some action aboard The Red Thread in the very near future! Cheers! ~Jessie

  2. I don’t know if you can find it there… Dark Havana Club.
    But I pretty much avoid rum. It’s too slow. And when I remember that, its too late after a “few”!

    • Dark Havana Club is our favorite rum, but due to some nonsense laws we can’t get it very easily. You have to become a rum runner and smuggle it in from places like Canada and Mexico. Trust me, when we make it to Cuba my boat will probably be down a couple inches on her water line due to all the Dark Havana Club that will be on the boat.

  3. How t(r)opical. We had these on father’s day on my brother’s deck. The whole Soggy gang was there. We used Cruzan as well. Worked just fine.

    • Hey Rich, I was hoping you would see this post. How is the gang? How is your boat?

      We are going to close to your area just after July 4th. We plan to do some cruising around the Vineyard, Cutty Hunk and Buzzards Bay. Let us know if you are around.

      • Hey Jesse, everyone is doing well. We were discussing how much we missed the islands and what we should do about getting back down there. I sent everyone your post and they all loved it…and we played the game of “Where’s Ruthie?”. We figured she was either getting more Painkillers or taking the picture. lol.

        We’ve been working on the boat more than sailing (you know, the usual), but we have had a few nice overnighters out on the bay. We’re planning a two week cruise for the last two weeks in August…I just hope the weather is as nice as last year.

        Let us know when and where you are for your cruise and maybe we can make something happen. It would be good to catch up…and do some taste testing. Either way, have a great trip!

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