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Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Painkiller, a Drink That Cures All

Somehow I think after I lob this request out into cyberspace, it will be returned faster than an Andy Roddick ace to the deuce court. Advantage, bartenders: take your best shot.

I’ve noticed readers’ questions have been posted on the SideDish blog before. My turn to be annoying. Ever since my husband and I vacationed in the B.V.I. we’ve been searching Dallas bars that serve a Painkiller. It is a fruity (Birtish) rum drink with grated nutmeg on top. Have made it at home, but would be fun to find it at a restaurant/bar. Any ideas?

12 comments on “Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Painkiller, a Drink That Cures All

  1. answer used to be Trader Vic’s at Palomar. our current cocktail culture doesn’t take tropical fruity drinks seriously. although it IS cool that bars all seem to have Dark & Stormy’s on the menu now made with legit ginger beer.

    Best painkiller ever is soggy dollar bar in Jost Van Dyke. I think that’s where they invented it, no?

    wherever anyone finds an answer, please add Bushwhacker to your list too.


    2 fluid ounces coffee flavored liqueur
    2 fluid ounces coconut rum
    2 fluid ounces Irish cream liqueur
    2 fluid ounces vodka
    2 fluid ounces amaretto liqueur
    2 fluid ounces cream of coconut
    1 pinch ground nutmeg

  2. My first shot would be Black Swan Saloon in Deep Ellum. I know they have nutmeg, and craft cocktails are their thing. It’s worth at least a call.

  3. I just got back from St. John 3 days ago. When you find out where it’s offered, let me know. I highly enjoyed the one I had at the Soggy Dollar Bar in JVD.

  4. And yes, Jon, it was invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar. I bought some fresh nutmeg and a hand grater while I was there just so I could make it the same way myself.

  5. Whiskey Cake in Plano…ask for Anthony he is one of the best mixologist’s in the metroplex.

  6. It will not be the same unless your on the beach at Soggy Dollar. That recipe above has some extras…this is the real one.

    Dark Rum with 4 parts pineapple juice, 1 part cream of coconut and 1 part orange juice with fresh nutmeg on top.

  7. Hey Hey! Painkiller is an amazing cocktail! I used to make them on Nantucket Island by the dozens. As Mike stated above it come from the Soggy Dollar in the BVI’s. Here is the mix:

    2 oz Pusser’s Rum
    1 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
    .75 oz Orange Juice
    2 Heaps of coco lopez
    shake hard strain up is how I like them but it is great on the rock and the most important ingredient is the fresh grated nutmeg onto for garnish! One of my favs by far!

  8. Great memories of Soggy Dollar. I came home with many of the plastic cups that have the recipe on them however some of the writing has rubbed off so don’t have a true recipe. Do you guys know for a fact that Chesterfield, Private Social and Whiskey Cake make them or are those guesses based on the great ‘mixologists’ at each bar?

  9. Lots of good ideas! Went to Private Social and the wonderful bartender made us something similar but did not have alkyl the ingredients. Delicious anyway.