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Travel Recipe: The Painkiller!

Travel Recipe: The Painkiller!

We all know that food and travel go hand in hand, and today I’m unveiling a fun new feature on Packed Suitcase… recipes inspired by world travel!

And since we are currently in the thick of summer, I was thinking a festive drink native to the beach bars of the British Virgin Islands would be the prefect inaugural post! Readers, let me introduce you to THE PAINKILLER!

The Painkiller was invented at the BVI’s Soggy Dollar Bar. Now, don’t get intimidated by the name Painkiller. While it sounds a bit intense, this particular beverage is actually the perfect beachside/ poolside/ balcony drink… think of it as the Pina Colada’s spunky older cousin.

The infamous Soggy Dollar Bar, British Virgin Islands (photo by

A little history… The Painkiller’s main ingredient is Pusser’s Rum, the beverage derived by the daily rum rations ofGreat Britain’s Royal Navy (we’re talking as far back as 1655!). You’ll know that you’re drinking Pusser’s by it’s dark and full-bodied flavor, and another great perk is that it’s also 100% natural.


While the Painkiller isn’t commonly known in the US (I learned this the hard way after many a blank bartender stare…) it’s the perfect way to bring a little bit of the islands into your home. And the cherry on top is that it’s also really easy to make. So without further ado…

The Painkiller

2-4 oz Pussers dark rum (depending on how much pain you want to kill…)
1 oz cream of coconut
1 oz orange juice
4 oz pineapple juice
freshly grated nutmeg

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour over crushed ice. Sprinkle generously with freshly grated nutmeg and (if you feel so inclined) top with a paper umbrella… the frillier, the better. Drink and repeat.

And, remember, it’s always Happy Hour somewhere!


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