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Painkiller Recipe


Painkiller Cocktail


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The Painkiller is one of the popular tiki cocktails. Like the Corpse Reviver, one could interpret this drink's name as an allusion to its restorative properties on those days when you are plagued with a hangover. While the Painkiller does a fine job as a 'hair of the dog' cocktail, it is also a very tasty drink that is even better when your faculties are clear and you can fully enjoy it.

This cocktail typically calls for navy rum, which is a style that typically blends rums from multiple Caribbean islands that developed when the British Royal Navy patrolled the seas and sailors were allowed a daily rum ration. Pusser's is the most popular navy rum, though there are a few others still available, including British Royal Navy Imperial Rum, which is touted to be the most authentic. If you do not have a navy rum, choose a full-bodied dark rum for this drink.

Another note should be made about the Painkiller. Some recipes use just 2 ounces of pineapple juice and this makes a fine drink as well. Choose either recipe based on your mood, how tall you want your cocktail, or your preference for pineapple.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled highball glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Sprinkle grated nutmeg on top.
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