How to Make a Painkiller with Pusser’s Rum

Pusser's Rum Painkiller Recipe

If you’re looking for the perfect cocktail that will transport you to a tropical vacation in paradise, look no further than the Painkiller with Pusser’s Rum Recipe. It’s a fruity mix of pineapple, orange, coconut and rum.  It’s the perfect rum drink for a sunny day at the beach.

And because Pusser’s Rum went ahead and trademarked the name “Painkiller”, I’m going to be showing you how to make a Pusser’s Rum Painkiller today.

Legend has it that the original Painkiller recipe was invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.  The Soggy Dollar is a beach bar with stunning views of the ocean.  It’s a casual spot for tourists and locals who want to relax and have a good drink. 

 If I were to describe a Painkiller, I’d have to say it is similar to a Piña Colada, but with a little more depth.  It’s the perfect tropical drink.

But I promise you…you don’t have to be at a tiki bar in the Caribbean to have a proper Pusser’s Painkiller.  

You can get all the tropical flavors right here at the Protective Club in Newport, Rhode Island.

Ingredients to make a Pusser’s Rum Painkiller Recipe

Here are the key ingredients needed to make a Pusser’s Painkiller. 


For this drink I’m using Pusser’s Dark Rum.  You should be able to find it at most liquor stores.  Look for the bottle with the British flag on the label.  They say Pusser’s is the rum of the British Royal Navy. 

Pusser’s Rum Painkiller Recipe - Pineaapple


Pineapple juice is an ingredient in just about every popular tropical cocktail.  This one isn’t any different by using 4 parts pineapple juice.

Orange Juice

Orange Juice

If you can get your hands on fresh squeezed orange juice your drink will be that much better.  Most recipes call for one part orange juice in a Painkiller.

Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream

Just like the orange juice, the drink calls for one part cream of coconut.  Most bars use the Coco Lopez brand.  If you have another favorite cream of coconut, feel free to use it.


​You will need some fresh nutmeg to grate on top of the drink.  It’s not a real Painkiller drink if it doesn’t have the nutmeg.


You can get as fancy or as simple as you want with the garnishes.  It can be as simple as an orange slice or a pineapple wedge.  Sometimes it’s a nice touch to have a couple pineapple leaves sticking out of the top of the glass.

How to Make a Pusser’s Rum Painkiller

This is an easy drink recipe.  

The first thing you need to do is fill a cocktail shaker with ice,  rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream of coconut.

Shake it up real good for about 15 to 20 seconds.

​Strain the cocktail shaker ingredients over a tall glass filled with fresh ice. 

Grate some nutmeg over the top and garnish it with a slice of orange and a pineapple wedge.

Pusser’s Rum Painkiller FAQs

What is the proper glass to serve a Painkiller in?

A Painkiller is usually served in a tall glass with ice.  If you want to do something fun you can serve it in a tiki mug.

Does a Painkiller have to be made with Pusser’s Rum?

No.  A Painkiller is one of the few trademarked cocktails out there and the name “Painkiller” is allegedly owned by Pusser’s.  However, if you are making the drink and don’t have Pusser’s, feel free to use another type of rum.

Can the Painkiller be batched for a party?

Yes. The Painkiller is a drink that is perfect for batching.  

Just take the recipe for one cocktail and scale it up by multiplying the amount of rum and juices by the number of drinks you’d like to serve.

Like other rum drinks with fruit juices you can make a big pitcher in advance and serve it over glasses of ice.  Have a party, invite over some good friends and whip up a big batch of this classic cocktail.

Now you know how to make the official cocktail of the BVI. 

 If you make this recipe please let me know how it came out.

See you at the Protective Club!

How to Make a Painkiller with Pusser’s Rum

Scott Kelleher


  • 2 ounces of rum
  • 4 ounces of pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce of orange juice
  • 1 ounce of cream of coconut
  • fresh nutmeg
  • slice of orange and pineapple wedge


  • Add rum and juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds
  • Strain contents of shaker into a tall glass of ice.
  • Grate fresh nutmeg on top of cocktail.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and pineapple wedge
  • Enjoy!
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