Painkiller Cocktail

A rum cocktail so delicious they had to trademark it. No, we aren’t joking.



Painkiller Cocktail

Made by Jena Ellenwood, trademarked by Pusser’s Rum

Listen up because this is important: if you put this Piña Colada riff on a menu, you best be making it with Pusser’s Rum. The Painkiller cocktail was originally concocted at the Soggy Dollar bar in the 1970s, it was so amazing that Pusser’s slapped a trademark on it in the 1980’s! Now if you are making this bevvy at home, have fun with your rum shelf! Try blending a few together to achieve tropical nirvana. Heck, hollow out a pineapple and use it as your glass. GO NUTS, you are on vacation…in your mind. But if you are putting it on a cocktail menu, well, we told you the rules.

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pina colada

Let’s Get Shakin’

Serves: 1

Special Tools: Jigger, Shakers, Measuring Spoons, Knife, Hand Juicer, Strainer, Blender (for ice crushing)

Difficulty: Easy


1 oz Cream of Coconut

1 oz Orange Juice

4 oz Pineapple Juice

2 oz Pusser’s Rum

Grated Nutmeg

Pineapple Leaf


For fancy pineapple cup:

Cut top off pineapple and save leaves for garnish. Scoop insides and blend, fine strain to remove pulp.

Rinse blender and use PULSE setting to crush ice.

    For Cocktail:

    1. Combine ingredients in shaker tin
    2. Add 2 cubes and shake!
    3. Pour into Hurricane glass or hollow pineapple and top up with crushed ice
    4. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg and pineapple leaves.
    5. Achieve vacation mode.
    Suzanne making a sour face wondering if she'll like this cocktail
    But will I like it?

    Cocktail flavor profile

    Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well! So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well!
    • Sweet
    • Refreshing
    • Complex/Funky/Unique
    • Tropical

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