If you’re looking for the perfect summer drink, look no further than this Painkiller cocktail recipe. Refreshing, tropical, and just a little bit boozy, the Painkiller is the closest thing to blissfully enjoying a beach in the Caribbean without leaving home.
Mine is made with pineapple rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut, creating a flavor profile that is both unexpected and irresistible. But what exactly is it that makes these cocktails so delicious? I like to think of it as the perfect balance of sweet and tart, with just a hint of creaminess from the coconut.
Painkillers are on my top cocktail list for two key reasons: they’re strong and they’re incredibly tasty. When it comes to alcohol, I like my drinks to pack a punch, and the Painkiller delivers.
The Painkiller is a cocktail that has been around for decades and has a bit of a murky history. According to legend, the drink 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 story goes that a group of sailors came into the bar after a long day of sailing and asked the bartenders to make them something strong. The bartenders, not wanting to disappoint, whipped up a mix of rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut. The sailors loved it so much that they dubbed it the “Painkiller.”
Step 1: To make this Painkiller cocktail, first combine your pineapple rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and freshly squeezed orange juice into a shaker with fresh ice.
Step 2: Shake until the drink is nice and cold.
Step 3: Once your drink is sufficiently mixed and chilled, pour it into an ice-filled hurricane glass or any other tall glass of your choice.
Step 4: Garnish with nutmeg and a pineapple wedge (I also like to use a slice of orange), and enjoy!
The sweetness of the pineapple, the tartness of the orange, and the spice of the rum come together to create a flavorful cocktail experience.
Painkillers, as their name suggests, are my go-to drink when I want to relax and unwind. So the next time you’re looking for a delicious tropical cocktail recipe that will transport you to your own personal island in the sun, be sure to give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.