Pusser’s Painkillers: Barbados Delight

Pusser's Painkiller

Happy Sunday! Let your Sunday be a “fun” day.

When I used to work in a restaurant, I worked every weekend as that was when I would make the most money. Our clientele mainly consisted of the average 9-5 people who couldn’t wait for Friday and Saturday nights out. Surely, we could meet up with “everyone else” after work, but we mostly missed out on these moments for several reasons: There would only be about an hour or two left before the bars would close, our feet were too sore, and our shirts reeked of oil. So attractive.

The crazy nights out for the restaurant people were on Sundays; many of us were off Mondays, and better than the 9-5 people, we didn’t have to wake up early the next day! Most of us did not have work again until 4-5 p.m. Sunday Funday became a tradition in my restaurant because it was the one day of the weekend that we could participate in fully.

Speaking of fun, these Pusser’s Painkillers are the perfect accompaniment for your Sunday Funday. They go down smoothly, pack a punch, and cure all the typical Sunday woes of the 9-5 worker. I love waking up Sunday mornings, but I hate Sunday evenings; I bemoan the thought of having to get up early for work the next day. I just want time to stop on Sundays.

And although I don’t quite have a time machine, I believe these painkillers, as the name so cleverly implies, will soothe you of your troubles and woes.  I served these for my future mother-in-law and her best friend, and they were a big hit–there’s even a claim that they took away physical joint pain. 🙂

The drink is relatively simple to make, but I will be a stickler about ingredients. I refuse to use any rum other than Pusser’s. No, they did not sponsor this post, but I have tried to make them with similar dark rums and it didn’t quite taste right. You also need to use cream of coconut–do not try to use coconut milk or sweetened condensed milk. This is the original recipe that is served in Barbados, so use it and drink up! This drink tastes very authentic in its pineapple endeavor.

P.S: If you’re like me and accidentally threw out your cocktail shaker (do not judge me), you can use a travel coffee cup and cover the hole with your index finger to shake, not stir, this lovely cocktail. 🙂

The Medicine Cabinet

This makes one strong drink, but I usually double, triple, quadruple the recipe to make a bunch of servings at once!

2 oz Pusser’s Rum
4 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz cream of coconut (or more–depends on how sweet you like drinks)
Fresh grated nutmeg (I use McCormick’s Gourmet Ground Nutmeg)

If you’re making for two drinks for four people (8 total) for a small party, then the ratio would be this:

16 oz Pusser’s Rum
32 oz pineapple juice
8 oz orange juice
8 oz cream of coconut (or more–depends on how sweet you like drinks)
Fresh grated nutmeg (I use McCormick’s Gourmet Ground Nutmeg)

Doctor’s Orders

  1. Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Alternatively, pour all ingredients into a travel coffee mug and cover the hole with your index finger to shake.
  3. Once shaken, put into the freezer (if you want to drink it quickly) or refrigerate in a pitcher. I
  4. If you’re freezing your mixture, try to leave it in for at least 5-10 minutes.
  5. Once properly chilled, pour into a big glass or goblet filled with ice. Grate fresh nutmeg on top and enjoy! Garnish with an optional Maraschino cherry.
  6. If you’re feeling bold, make a “rum float” on top. This means you can pour more rum on top if you like an even stronger drink. 🙂



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