How to Make the Painkiller, or tiki’s answer to the hangover.

How to Make the PainkillerHave you ever woken up after a night of drinking and felt like you never wanted to have another cocktail again?  Well this drink is one to quickly get you back on the horse.  Hailing from the land of tiki-dom, the Painkiller is a sweet and creamy concoction of fruit juice and potent rum, garnished with a pungent kick of nutmeg.  Perfect at any time of day, the Painkiller is a cocktail you need to add to your repertoire.

The Painkiller
  • 2 oz Navy or Dark Rum.
  • 4 oz Pineapple juice
  • 1 oz Orange juice
  • 1 oz Cream of coconut
  • Orange wedge or cherry, and nutmeg for garnish

This is one of those drinks that you get to build in the glass and as such, the type of glass you use really matters.  Like many tiki cocktails, the Painkiller is usually served in a hurricane glass.  If you don’t happen to have a hurricane glass handy or want to switch things up a bit, a snifter is also a great option.  Load the glass up with ice, and then carefully add all the ingredients.  If you want a stronger drink, only use 2 oz of pineapple juice as the cocktail is made both ways.  Once all the ingredients have been added, stir until the cocktail is chilled and mixed.  Then garnish with an orange wedge or a cherry, and some nutmeg.  Optimally the nutmeg should be freshly grated, but if you don’t have any, a dash or two of ground nutmeg easily takes its place.

Navy rum is quite popular in tiki cocktails, but it unfortunately no longer is available for as cheap as it was in the 1700s.  This type of rum was developed when the British Royal Navy patrolled the Caribbean Islands and each sailor was allowed a daily ration of rum.  As the ships sailed between islands, they picked up the different local rums and blended them into the rum on board the ship – hence the origin of navy rum.  Today the most popular navy rum in the US is Prussers, but at $20 per fifth, this isn’t going to be an everyday option.  Luckily you can sub in a dark rum if you don’t have any navy rum and although you might lose a bit of complexity from the palate, the Painkiller is still a great cocktail that is infinitely drinkable no matter what type of day you are having.

Total cost per drink? ~$1.34

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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