How to Make a Pusser’s Painkiller (Rum Drink)

A Pusser’s Painkiller cocktail is a rum-based drink that is similar in nature to a Pina Colada. The only difference between the two is that a Pina Colada is prepared by mixing basic rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut, while the Painkiller also contains orange juice, along with the three abovementioned ingredients; in addition, the ratio of the ingredients is also a bit different from a Pina Colada. Furthermore, the Painkiller also gets a touch of added freshness via a finishing nutmeg dusting.

The Pusser’s Navy Rum used in this recipe not only adds flavour to the cocktail, but also makes it smooth, and you don’t feel bloated even after consuming a couple in a sitting. This rum-based drink is perfect for people who are fond of tropical cocktails, but do not want to drink the passé Pina Colada.

Prep time: 5 min
Yield: 1 serving
Utensils: Cocktail shaker, highball glass, stirrer, strainer

Fresh pineapple juice: 4 ounces
Cream of coconut: 1 ounce
Fresh orange juice: 1 ounce
Pusser’s Navy Rum: 2, 3, or 4 ounces (depending upon your choice)
Fresh grated nutmeg: 1 pinch
Ice cubes: as required
Pineapple slice or a lime wedge: for garnishing (optional)


  • 1

    Measure 4 ounces of pineapple juice and pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  • 2

    Then, measure one ounce each of fresh orange juice and cream of coconut, and add to the cocktail shaker.

  • 3

    Pour 2, 3 or 4 ounces of Pusser’s Navy Rum to the shaker, depending upon how strong you want your drink to be.

  • 4

    Cover the shaker and shake the ingredients until they are all well combined and thoroughly chilled.

  • 5

    Strain the mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice, and stir with a spoon or a bar spoon, if you have one.

  • 6

    Sprinkle a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg on the top, garnish with a lime wedge or a slice of pineapple, and serve chilled.

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