The Soggy Dollar Bar and Pusser’s rum

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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