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The Best Tiki Drink: The Painkiller Cocktail

Time to get your tiki on with the Painkiller Cocktail! It’s tropical and super tasty for the warmer days ahead. Mixed up with dark rum, fresh orange juice, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut for a creamsicle-tasting cocktail.

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The Painkiller Cocktail

Transport yourself to a tropical island with white sandy beaches and clear water by sipping on the Painkiller Cocktail. So, it doesn’t literally transport you, but this classic tiki-inspired drink should ideally be enjoyed outside for the summer and in a beautiful tiki-inspired glass! I used a glass from Bomshbee to get the full experience. 

The Painkiller Cocktail is a fun, tasty, and tropical way to experience your new favorite tiki drink. Shake it up with some unique ingredients like dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, and nutmeg. Curious what a Painkiller cocktail is? Keep reading to find out!

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What’s a Painkiller Cocktail?

The Painkiller Cocktail dates back to the 1970s, specifically in the British Virgin Islands where the cocktail was first created. It’s very similar to a Piña Colada, so if you enjoy tropical-tasting libations, you will love my take on the Painkiller Cocktail.

Although this mixed drink may give you the false sense that it helps with hangovers, it’s categorized as a “hair of the dog” because it includes really tasty, easy-to-sip on flavors and ingredients, making you feel better in the short term. Always enjoy responsibly!

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Ingredients for the Painkiller Cocktail

See what I used to make this tasty, tropical, and tiki-inspired libation! 

  • Dark rum: for this recipe, I used Plantation Rum but I also recommend using dark rums such as Cruzan Aged Rum or Flor de Caña 12-Year-Old Rum. These are easy to mix with and nice to sip on too. Click here for other recommendations on dark rum! 
  • Pineapple juice: Make sure to use 100% pineapple juice for a perfectly sweetened taste. I used Dole Pineapple Juice that I picked up from my grocery store, but you can feel free to juice your own pineapple.
  • Orange juice: Fresh squeezed orange juice is the key to making this tropical, tasting cocktail. Of course, you can always substitute it for store-bought OJ, but I recommend using a juicer like this one or this one and some fresh oranges for the freshest taste. 
  • Cream of coconut: create the creaminess in this cocktail with Cream of Coconut. Make sure to shake this up really before using. 
  • Nutmeg: a pinch of fresh ground nutmeg really balances and brings out the creamy and tropical flavors in this drink.
  • Garnish: if you’re feeling fancy, you can garnish this cocktail with a pineapple wedge and an orange slice for a complete tiki-inspired look.
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How To Elevate Your Tiki Cocktail With Bomshbee

Using unique glassware is such a simple way to take your cocktails to the next level. And the Painkiller Cocktail needed a glass that was just as much of a ‘wow factor’ as the recipe. I used the Chandelier Eidos from Bomshbee to complete this cocktail. 

I love the look of Bomshbee’s drinkware, especially the Chandelier collection. The Eidos glass is one of three glasses in their Chandelier set. It’s suitable for cocktails, whiskey, brandy, snacks, ice cream, dipping sauce, and much more! 

Check out Bomshbee and their ornate glassware here, plus their website includes so many more home and kitchen products, click here to see!

How to Make the Painkiller Cocktail

Time to make the Painkiller Cocktail! Grab your Bomshbee glass, cocktail shaker, and ingredients to prepare.

Start by adding the dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake until the cocktail mixture is chilled and frothy.

Fill your Bomshbee glass with crushed ice and strain the cocktail mixture into a glass. Sprinkle with fresh ground nutmeg, If desired, garnish with an orange slice, pineapple slice, and pineapple frond. Enjoy!

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Painkiller Cocktail

This Painkiller Cocktail is made with dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut for the ultimate tropical, tiki cocktail.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tiki Cocktail
Yield: 1

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail glass
  • Strainer

Materials

  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 oz cream of coconut
  • Fresh ground nutmeg
  • Garnish: pineapple and orange slices, for garnish

Instructions

  • Add dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake until the cocktail mixture is chilled and frothy.
  • Fill a cocktail glass with crushed ice. Strain the cocktail mixture into glass. Sprinkle with fresh ground nutmeg, If desired, garnish with an orange slice, pineapple slice and pineapple fronds.

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