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The History of a Painkiller

“The Painkiller” is a popular cocktail enjoyed by many people around the world. This refreshing drink has a history that dates back to the 1970s and is closely associated with the British Virgin Islands.

“The Painkiller was created by a bartender named Daphne Henderson at the Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. The bar, which is highly visited by boat, is a popular spot for sailors and tourists to stop and enjoy a drink. The Painkiller quickly became one of the bar’s most popular drinks and soon gained popularity throughout the British Virgin Islands.

“The original Painkiller recipe consists of dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top. The drink is typically served over ice in a tall glass and garnished with a slice of orange and a cherry. The combination of sweet and tropical flavors with a hint of nutmeg creates a delicious and refreshing cocktail, perfect for a day on the beach.

“Over the years, the Painkiller has gained a loyal following and has become a staple at bars and restaurants around the world. In 1989, the Soggy Dollar Bar trademarked the name “Painkiller” and began selling Painkiller-branded merchandise, including T-shirts, hats, and shot glasses. The bar also hosts an annual Painkiller Cup, a sailing race that attracts sailors from across the globe.

“The Painkiller remains a popular drink to this day and is enjoyed by many near and far—all generated from the British Virgin Islands. The drink’s tropical flavors and story make it a favorite among beachgoers and sailors alike. Whether you’re sipping a Painkiller at the Soggy Dollar Bar or enjoying one at your local tiki bar, this delicious cocktail is sure to transport you to a tropical paradise.

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