The Soggy Dollar Bar and Pusser’s rum

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Painkiller, Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

By Bob Curley

In the British Virgin Islands are two claimants to the heritage of the Painkiller cocktail: the Soggy Dollar Bar and Pusser’s rum.

As the story goes, Daphne Henderson, a bartender at the famous White Bay beach bar, invented the drink in the 1970s, then later refined it with the assistance of Pusser’s founder Charles Tobias, a regular customer at the bar.

Today you can order a Pusser’s Painkiller at bars throughout the BVI, although if you order the drink at the Soggy Dollar it’s now made with the bar’s own private-label rum.

Either way, the drink follows a simple recipe: two parts rum shaken with four parts pineapple juice, one part orange juice, and one part cream of coconut, topped with fresh ground nutmeg.

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