Painkillers, BVI style

Ken and Jill generously left us with the key ingredients for “painkillers,” as well as the recipe. This was a new drink for us and it didn’t take long before we tried it out.

It’s a bit like a pina colada except you use orange juice instead of cream and top it off with nutmeg. And you can only use Pusser’s Rum.

It was invented by Daphne Henderson who operated the Soggy Dollar in the British Virgin Islands. It’s called the Soggy Dollar because it lacks a dock for boats so the sailors must swim to shore, making their money soggy.

The original cocktail is still “secret” but was reverse engineered by Charles Tobias, Pusser’s modern founder. It’s not as rich or sweet as a pina colada. Don’t skip the nutmeg — it makes a real difference.

Until 1970, members of the British Royal Navy were issued a daily ration of Pusser’s rum.

In 1980, Tobias managed to obtain the rights and the blending information from the Admiralty, set up Pusser’s Rum Ltd on Tortola and began selling it to the public for the first time. The rum is blended from five West Indian rums and uses no artificial flavours.


2 oz Pusser’s Navy Rum
3 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Cream of Coconut

Shake all ingredients with ice and stain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a dash, or three, of nutmeg.

Thanks, Ken and Jill. This is going to be a new favorite!

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